Shooting in Dutch Quarter claims twelfth murder victim of the yearPOSTED: 09/21/11 12:43 PM
St. Maarten – A man police have identified only as Anthony is the 12th murder victim of 2011. He died in the hospital around 3:15 a.m. after an unknown person knocked on the door of his Madrid Drive home around 2:00 a.m. and shot him when he answered.
Police report that Anthony was alive when they went to his home, where they found him bleeding from a gunshot wound to his leg. The gunman reportedly pulled the trigger after Anthony opened the door and then fled on foot.
Police are now investigating why Anthony was shot and by whom. They are also trying to determine the victim’s “complete and correct identity.”
“The Police Department is asking anyone who may have information that could lead to the arrest of the person responsible for this shooting to call the police department and give this information,” the Police Spokesman Inspector Ricardo Henson said.
The killing is the twelfth of 2011. The year started quietly and the first murder did not occur until February 25. The victim was Ludovic Guillevin, the cook of the luxury yacht Cheetah Moon who was killed in Mullet Bay. On March 4 Eduardo Nova-Valdez was killed on the Cakehouse Road. On the same day, Emilio de Leon-Reyes was murdered in his home in Dutch Quarter, and the very next morning Fidel Luis was found murdered near Learning Unlimited.
Two suspects are in custody for the murders of Guillevin, Nova-Valdez and Luis. They will stand trial on November 23.
On April 16, Amador Jones became murder victim number five when he was shot to death at the Under the Sun Car Wash across from the John Cooper / Jose Lake Ball Park in Cul de Sac.
Hector Miguel Arrindell was expected to appear in the Court in First Instance on May 26, but he never made it to the courthouse. The day before the hearing Arrindell – a suspect in the Snowflake-investigation, a large cocaine-smuggling case – was shot to death in Cole Bay.
His brother Rodolfo, who was also a suspect in the cocaine-smuggling case survived until the first week of July. But when he came home late at night on July 7, a gunman ended his life under the eyes of his wife as he got out of his car in Fort Willem.
Then, on August 17, Kevin Gumbs and Eric Lake were gunned down on the A.T. Illidge road, bringing the total number of murder victims to nine. Two days later, Sheldon Thomas was shot to death on the Cakehouse Road.
Thirteen-year old Tiffany Reid became murder victim number eleven when her burned body was found in a ditch on September 6. Her father is held as a suspect in this killing.