Almost-kidnapper gets 3 months for threatening American teenPOSTED: 09/10/12 12:07 AM
St. Maarten / 7 Sept. 2012 – The Court in First Instance sentenced Alvero Antonio Alexander van Putten to 3 months imprisonment yesterday for threatening American teen Alishah Warraich on the Captain Hodge Pier on August 7. The man was acquitted of ill-treating the girl.
The 14-year-old girl arrived that day with her family on a cruise in St. Maarten. When they stepped of the water taxi for some sightseeing in town, Van Putten grabbed her arm and whispered in her ear “I see you tonight princess.”
The family experienced Van Putten’s actions as an attempt to kidnap the girl. She managed to wrestle free. Her family chased the man and grabbed him, then alerted the police. Van Putten was arrested, but he was apparently not kept in custody until his trial because he did not appear in court yesterday.
Prosecutor Hans Mos said last month when the story became public, that the 25-year-old Van Putten is a French-side resident and that he has a reputation of making a nuisance of himself.
The prosecutor’s office took the case to court for a specific reason. “We need to protect our tourists and we need to make a good impression on them,” Mos said last month. “We take him to court to make clear that we do not tolerate this kind of behavior.”