Police arrest five robbery-suspectsPOSTED: 04/20/15 8:12 PM
The police car took a hit when the robbery-suspects attempted to get away. Photo KPSM
St. Maarten – Within two-and-a-half hours, two supermarkets and a restaurant became the victims of armed robberies on Saturday evening. After the last one, police arrested five suspects. At 8 p.m. the Yen Yen supermarket in Sucker Garden was hit by three armed robbers, at 9.20 the Golden City supermarket in Cole Bay followed and at 10.20 p.m. it was the turn for the Trey Wah restaurant, also in Cole Bay.
At the Yen Yen supermarket, three armed men dressed in black stormed inside and robbed the store of an undisclosed amount of cash. The robbers left on foot, running in the direction of Hope Estate.
The Golden City supermarket got a visit from two armed men, also dressed in black. One robber had a handgun, the other one a machete. They stole all the money from the cash register, then fled running behind the supermarket.
At the Trey Wah restaurant, four men dressed in black, armed with knives and guns, threatened clients and forced the manager to open the cash register. The robbers fled in a small car and drove in the direction of the Kruythoff roundabout. The restaurant alerted the police via 911 with a description of the car and its license plate number.
Soon a patrol car spotted the car on Link One. After a chase, police forced the suspect vehicle to stop at the entrance to Fort Willem near the Great Bay Hotel. The driver attempted to get away and slammed his car into the police vehicle, causing quite some damages.
Police arrested all five occupants – aged 12, 13, 14, 18 and 25 – and took them to the police station where they remain in custody pending further investigation. Officers found a revolver in the car.
“One of the suspects is employed at a well-known security company on the island,” the police report states. “It is too early to determine whether these suspects are responsible for all three robberies.”