Next hearing in Pompeii-investigation in June

PHILPSBURG – The Court in First Instance set the date for the next pro-forma hearing in the so-called Pompeii-investigation on Wednesday at June 27. The investigation focuses on the exploitation and illegal employment of 21 prostitutes at the El Capitan and Le Petit Chateau brothels between January 2014 and November 2016….Read More

The whole history of St Maartens biggest murder and drug investigation – The Vesuvius Case

This week the Common Court of Justice handles the appeals in the Vesuvius-investigation (see our front page story about the first day).

No trace on island of escapees


 Sobiesky Manuel Parrondo

GREAT BAY – There is no trace of the three inmates that escaped from the prison section of the police station in Philipsburg on Sunday June 23. “They are still escaped,” Solicitor-General Taco Stein told this newspaper by phone from the Netherlands yesterday. “They are internationally wanted, but our feeling is that they have all left the island. We’ll have to wait and see if they will show themselves again here in the future.”

The investigation into the escape is still ongoing, Stein said, adding that he had no details about the state of this investigation.

Shortly after the three men escaped, the prosecutor’s office put up a $5,000 reward for information about their whereabouts, but until now, nobody has come forward.

The three escapees are Sobiesky Manuel Parrondo (age 25), Carlos Miquel Olivier-Ruiz (29) and Marco David Santana-Guerero (29).

Parrondo was sentenced in absentia on July 24 to 14 years for the November 10, 2012 murder of Gaston Gumbs. Another suspect in that case, Stevenson Pinder is currently detained and he  was also sentenced to 14 years. The Gaston Gumbs murder had to do with a 25 kilo cocaine deal.

The two other escapees, Olivier-Ruiz and Santana-Guerero were in pretrial detention on drugs charges.

Parrondo is listed as a wanted man on the Interpol website. He speaks three languages – French, English and Spanish – and has dual nationality (from the Dominican Republic and France). Interpol lists Parrondo as wanted for murder, firearm and drugs violations.

Olivier-Ruiz and Santana-Guerero are also listed on the Interpol wanted list for drugs-related crimes.




Photo The Daily Herald

TDH – MARIGOT–The Go-Karting building in La Savane, Grand Case, located next to Gess Gas Station, was completely destroyed by fire on Monday morning, and one fire fighter was hospitalized after sustaining second degree burns.

The building was not occupied at the time and no other injuries were reported.

The two-level, 400 square-metre building that overlooks the racing circuit, caught fire at 11:30am. The Fire Brigade (pompiers) responded with three trucks and the fire was finally extinguished by 2:00pm, according to a spokesman. Some cars parked close to the building were also damaged by the heat and smoke.

The distraught owner of Go-Karting Stéphane, said everything was completely destroyed, including the thirty-five Go-Karts and the unique racing driver memorabilia in showcases on the first floor.

“I have absolutely no idea how the fire started, but it looks like it originated on the first floor,” he said. “Fortunately, nobody was in the building, because we were not open for business yet.”

Gendarmerie’s Capitaine Sylvain Jouault said an investigation has been opened to establish the cause of the fire, whether accidental or by criminal intent.

The blaze was perilously close to the adjacent Gess Gas Station, however, it has been closed for some time and probably gasoline storage and other flammable materials had already been removed.

Go-Karting opened for business four years ago and proved to be a popular leisure activity. The condition of the fire fighter was not known by press time.


$200,000 cash found in house raid on Airport Road

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GREAT BAY – Last Thursday police raided a house on the Airport Road based on a tip that illegal activities were taking place there.

During the house search approximately $200,000 dollars in cash was seized as well as 3 illegal firearms and 2 cars. Two adults were arrested on the premises, one male and one female. At the time of the arrest 3 small children were in the apartment as well. At the request of their mother, they have been placed in the care of a relative.

The suspects are being charged with money laundering and possession of illegal firearms and will be led before the judge of instruction today.

The investigation is ongoing.



TSXM -GREAT BAY – One man was injured during a shooting that took place on Friday at 4 a.m. in the vicinity of the Tantra nightclub in Maho Reef. The victim, A.T., drove himself to the hospital for medical treatment. There were two other young men in his car.

The victim told police that he was leaving the area when several shots were fired at him. One bullet hit him in his left hand, causing a serious injury.

While police officers were on the scene of the shooting, central police dispatch informed them that the blue SUV was driving at high speed in the direction of Philipsburg. The car was later found at the hospital and turned out to belong to the victim.

Officers impounded the car for further investigation. The victim remains at the hospital for observation.



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TDH – ANGUILLA–The Royal Anguilla Police Force has seized 31 bales of cocaine with an estimated street value of US$25 million in an operation held between Wednesday, July 17 and Friday, July 19.

Three nationals from the Dominican Republic were arrested and are presently in police custody assisting with the police investigation.

The cocaine was seized from a small island off the west coast of Anguilla. Two automatic firearms and several rounds of ammunition were also confiscated.

It was a joint operation between members of the Criminal Investigation Department, the Drugs and Firearm Task Force, the Marine Police and Customs officials.