PHILIPSBURG–In the ongoing investigation into two Chinese supermarkets which were robbed at knifepoint on Wednesday, the St. Maarten Police Force KPSM announced that one of the two suspects was arrested on Thursday.
Jose Antonio Oliveros Febres-Cordero
The first robbery took place on C.A. Cannegieter Street in Philipsburg at approximately 11:30am Wednesday. The two suspects, who were dressed in dark clothing, entered the establishment and threatened the cashier with a knife. After receiving an undisclosed amount of cash from the cashier, both suspects fled the scene
About an hour later, a police patrol was called out to A.Th. Illidge Road for another robbery at a Chinese supermarket
According to information police gathered at the scene, two “relatively young” suspects dressed in dark clothing robbed the supermarket’s cashier. One of the robbers had a mask over his face and was armed with a knife, police said in a press release. After the robbery, both suspects ran away in the direction of Madame Estate
Given similar descriptions at both scenes, investigators consider the robberies related, police said on Thursday
A police patrol, together with members of the Special Robbery Unit, apprehended a minor Y.R. in Dutch Quarter around 5:40pm Thursday, who was allegedly involved in the robberies
He was taken to the Philipsburg police station for further questioning. It was unknown up to press time Friday whether he was the one wielding the knife, or whether the second suspect has been arrested