Bar fight did not involve gendarmes, police says

POSTED: 01/7/16 5:52 PM

St. Maarten – The four men who were arrested after a brawl at the Sunset Beach Bar in Beacon Hill are not gendarmes as the Daily Herald erroneously reported yesterday. “At no time did the gendarmes come over to the Dutch side in connection with this case,” the police department said in a press release. “There was absolutely no stand-off at any time between the gendarmes and the Dutch-side police. The gendarmes and the Dutch-side police have a very good working relationship and are striving to make this relationship even stronger.”

The police were called to the Sunset Beach Bar around 8 p.m. on Monday where four men were assaulting a security guard. The four suspects resisted arrest and started a fight with the police officers. When they noticed that the officers had called for backup they fled the scene through the bushes in Maho Reef.

Then the police received a call that the four men were possibly military trained. Captain Ewout van der Heiden, head of the operations of the Marechaussee in the Windward Islands told this newspaper last night that the men were not Dutch marines.

Several patrols started a search for the suspects and after a lengthy effort two of the men were arrested and taken to the police station in Philipsburg. The other two evaded arrest.

The security guard has filed a complaint against his attackers.

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