COLEBAY, Sint Maarten — The Special Unit robbery is investigating an armed robbery which took place at Fai Wong Restaurant located on the Wellington Road in Cole Bay. The first call came into the 911 Dispatch at approximately 08.40 p.m. with the information that three armed and masked men had stormed into the establishment with their weapons and threatened the cashier and the clients.
The suspects then robbed the establishment and also the clients of their belongings. After committing this act the suspects fled on foot. The emergency dispatch was immediately called and several police patrols were sent to the area to search for and apprehend the suspects in question.
The first police patrol on the scene identified three suspects trying to flee in a small white Daihatsu Terios jeep which was parked nearby. When the suspects realized that the police had them in sight and were being chased, they jumped out of the vehicle and tried to flee on foot. This is when the police fired numerous shots at the suspects.
One suspect could not leave the scene because he had been shot. The other suspects fled on foot through the area. During a search of the area by police found two other suspects which were found hiding behind a building, one of which also shot. These two suspects were also taken into custody. The two injured suspects were treated on the scene by paramedics and then transported to the Sint Maarten medical Center for further treatment.
The area was immediately closed for the Special Unit Robbery to interview the victims and potential witnesses while the Forensic Department collect evidence. The two suspects who were treated at the hospital have been admitted for observation and further treatment. The third suspect has been detained and remains in custody. The suspect Daihatsu Terios jeep was confiscated for further investigation.
The investigation is in its early stages and when more information becomes available the Public will be informed