Man shot during house robbery


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TDH – POINTE BLANCHE–A 36-year-old man is now nursing gunshot wounds at St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) after he was attacked and shot in his home in Pointe Blanche during an attempted robbery after midday on Tuesday.

The man K.H. told police that he was attacked by three unknown masked men, one of whom was

armed with a gun inside his home. He was threatened by the young men who demanded that he give them everything he had.

At one point during the incident, the victim was shot. The robbers then fled the scene on foot and did not succeed in stealing anything, police spokesperson Inspector Ricardo Henson said in a press release.

The victim jumped into his pick-up and drove to the parking lot behind the police headquarters near the Richardson building in Philipsburg.

Henson said several police patrol, detectives and ambulance were directed to the parking lot around 1:40pm, where they found the victim conscious and sitting in his pick-up bleeding from a gunshot wound to the right side of his body.

The paramedics administered first aid and then transported him to SMMC for further treatment. The Special Robbery Unit and the Forensic Department are investigating this case.

Around 500 relatives, friends acquaintances show up to respect to Curacao joggers deaths

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Pastor Curtis Meris comforts  the crowd at the bus stop of the fatal accident. Photo Caribisch Netwerk / Dick Drayer

TSXM – WILLEMSTAD – Around 500 relatives, friends acquaintances and others took part in a silent march to commemorate the death of three joggers – members of the roadrunners club Curacao – who died last Sunday a week ago near the roundabout in Parasasa after a drunk driver his them at high speed. The joggers – Monique van Meerwijk, Elton Montesant and Kristen Leyba – were part of a group of fifty people that took part in a sponsor run for scouting.

Dick Drayer, a radio-reporter for Caribisch Netwerk spoke with a close friend of one of the victims, Kristen Leyba. “She was really sweet, small of posture, but a large personality,” the friend said. “She was a good human being.”

The atmosphere at the silent march was one of compassion, sadness and anger, Drayer reported. People mourned the victims and criticized the government for the unsafety in the traffic on the island and for the bad road signs.

Ironically, the participants in the silent march had to make way for an ambulance that passed by the scene of the fatal accident, possibly on its way to another victim of the island’s volatile traffic.

“I think that boy did not do this on purpose,” one participant said. “I am protesting against the government because it does not make sure that road signs are clear.”

Pastor Curtis Meris addressed the crowd at the roundabout in Parasasa where the accident happened Sunday morning a week ago. The bench at the nearby bus stop said it all: Life is short. Pray hard.”