Armed robber storms in Minister of Justice home


Philipsburg– An armed man dressed in black and wearing a hoody robbed the home of Minister of Justice Dennis Richardson a little after noon on Tuesday.

Spokesman Inspector Ricardo Henson confirmed the report.

Despite the robbery, Minister Richardson continued work on Tuesday and apologized to his colleagues for showing up 30 minutes late to a meeting of the Justice Committee in parliament because of the burglary.

Richardson said the person came to his residence yesterday morning and met his wife Emilse and their two children and threatened her with a weapon. Terrified she led the robber to the location of her jewelry. The robber took all and escaped from the home. Richardson noted that the incident shows that even the Minister of Justice is not safe from break-ins.

This is the second high-ranking official home being targeted. In 2014, UP-leader Theo Heyliger’s home was burglarized while nobody was home.

Several police patrols and detectives were directed to the home of Minister Richardson around 12.10 p.m., after reports that an unknown man dressed completely in black with a hoody over his head and a mask covering his face had forced his way into the home.

The suspect entered the home via a window. An intense search of the property showed that the suspect had already fled the scene.

The suspect had searched the home and took  “several valuable items,” police spokesman Inspector Ricardo Henson stated in a press release.

The Detectives and Forensic Department gathered evidence and spoke to potential witnesses. The investigation is ongoing.

By Andrew Dick/ SXM News Room