Published On: Tue, Jul 9th, 2019

Man robbed of his scooter in Retreat Estate

Scooter rider assaulted and robbed - 20190708

ST. PETERS — KPSM Detectives are at this time investigating another robbery with the use of violence which took place on Monday July 8th after 8 p.m. in the Retreat Estate and St. Peters area.

According to reports the incident took place while the victim who is a Venezuelan national was on his way home riding his scooter with groceries from a supermarket in the area. He was suddenly attacked by an unknown person who ran out of the dark, wearing black clothing and a hoodie over his head. This person struck the victim to the side of his head at which time he temporarily lost consciousness and control of his scooter and fell to the ground. While regaining consciousness the victim could see an unknown person who started his scooter and drove off with it.

Shortly after the victim got up and walked to his home from where the police, detectives and ambulance were called. The victim was treated on the scene by paramedics. The victim suffered numerous bruises to his head, arms and legs. He was unable to identify if a weapon was involved. This investigation is ongoing.

Detectives from the Special Unit robbery and the Homicide Department are presently already investigating at least three armed robberies involving several Venezuelans which took place over the weekend of July 6th (Saturday) and 7th (Sunday). These armed robberies took place on St. Peters Road, Soursap Road and Marigot Hill Road where the victims live or were simply walking on the street. It is speculated that the Venezuelans victims are being targeted by youngsters in the community because of their illegal status on the island. The ongoing investigation however did not lead to that conclusion as yet. These incidents have lead to a Venezuelan man being stabbed seriously in his back. The victim was transported in critical condition to the St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) where he had to be operated on immediately and where he remains in serious but stable condition for observation and further treatment.

The Police Department is informing the community of the ongoing situation in the St. Peters area. This situation has raised much concern in the community. The police department is warning those youngsters who are involved in these criminal activities to refrain from doing so. This type of behavior shines a negative light on the country St. Maarten.

The Police Department is also asking the community to share any information they have concerning these ongoing investigations. It is in the benefit of all the community to do its part in helping to solve these cases. If you have any information please call 54-22222 ext. 203/204/ 205, the anonymous tip- live # 9300 or call.


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