UP-leader wants action against armed robberies

POSTED: 10/31/12 11:55 AM

St. Maarten – United People’s party-leader Theo Heyliger expressed his dismay about the armed robbery last Friday on the owner of L’Escargot restaurant in a press statement released last night.

“The armed robbery last week Friday of the L’Escargot Restaurant owners and two tourists is once again a wake-up call for the Sint Maarten community and law enforcement officials,” Heyliger stated.

“I wish the owner Joel Morand and his wife Sonya much strength as they both recover from the injuries they sustained. The husband suffered a gunshot wound to the back and ear while the wife suffered a broken ankle. I have known the owners since I was a young boy and have always enjoyed their great cuisine. The restaurant is part and parcel of our tourism sector and has grown with the tourism industry over a period of 40 years.”

“Crime seems to be escalating with additional armed broad-daylight robberies taking place on a near daily basis. Something has to be done and I call on the Minister of Justice to present a plan with respect to dealing with the spate of armed robberies,” Heyliger stated.

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