Toppers Restaurant owner and his wife arrested

POSTED: 09/18/14 12:54 AM

St. Maarten—The owner of “Toppers” restaurant and his wife were arrested yesterday on illegal firearm possession charges after police discovered a .22 caliber handgun at the office of the business and a fully loaded .38 revolver at their home. The wife was later released after being questioned at the police station but the suspect with initials H.A.D is currently in police custody.

Police spokesman Ricardo Henson stated in a police report that information reaching the police department indicated that a popular island businessman was in the possession of one or more illegal fire-arms.  “On Wednesday September 17th a police search team went to the popular “Toppers” restaurant located on the Well fare road in Simpson Bay. At that location in the office of that establishment a small fully loaded .22 caliber handgun was found along with a box containing 83 bullets of the same caliber. The suspect with initials H.A.D. (66) was arrested on the spot for the possession of an illegal fire-arm,” Henson stated in his police report.

A second search took place at the home of the suspect, where a fully loaded .38 revolver was found,  and where the wife of the suspect with initials M.R.D. (48) was also arrested. Both fire-arms were confiscated for further investigation. The suspects were taken to the Philipsburg Police Station for questioning. The suspect H.A.D. remains in custody for further investigation while his wife M.R.D. was released after being questioned.

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