Surveillance camera footage depicting the man who shot and killed another man in an apparent armed robbery in front of supermarket Market Garden on Sunday afternoon.
PHILIPSBURG--The St. Maarten Police Force KPSM is appealing to the public to help find the man who shot and killed another man in a daylight armed robbery in front of supermarket Market Garden near Pelican on Sunday afternoon.
“The police are aware of the pictures that are currently circulating on social media of the suspect in question. The police can confirm that the person in the pictures that are currently in circulation is indeed a suspect in this robbery,” said police in a press release on Monday afternoon.
The robbery victim was sitting on his scooter in the parking lot in front of the supermarket when he was approached by an unknown man who was brandishing a firearm. The armed man demanded that he hand over his scooter. During the robbery, the man shot the victim in his upper body.
“The suspect, after committing this gruesome act, then made off with the scooter in the direction of Simpson Bay,” said police.
Police and Ambulance personnel were sent to the scene shortly afterwards. They found the man lying in the parking lot and bleeding from the gunshot wound. Paramedics administered cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on the man in an effort to revive him. However, the man died of his injuries in the parking lot.
The Daily Herald understands the man was a worker in restaurant Sale e Pepe in Simpson Bay. He was reportedly at the supermarket to do grocery shopping.
“The detectives investigating this robbery/shooting case are requesting anyone who may have information about the suspect and who may have information concerning his whereabouts should please contact the St. Maarten Police Force. A crime of this magnitude, that has taken place in broad daylight, should not go unsolved,” said police.
Persons can contact police via tel. 1-721-542-2222 ext. 204/205 or the anonymous and free-of-charge tip line 9300. Persons can also visit police’s website
www.policesxm.sx or leave a message via the police Facebook page “Police Force of Sint Maarten - Korps Politie Sint Maarten.”