PHILIPSBURG–The police are appealing for help from the public to find the persons responsible for the shooting of Deyanida “Clarisa” Faneyte, the 20-year-old woman who died in hospital in Marigot after having been shot in Dutch Quarter on March 18. They are particularly interested in the whereabouts of suspects Alexis Roberts and Brent Berry.
Initially, an investigation was started by the French police, but as it transpired that the shooting had taken place on the Dutch side of the island, the St. Maarten Police Force started its own investigation, known as “Zucchini”.
In relation to the case, the police and the Prosecutor’s Office are appealing to the public for more information. Anyone who has any information regarding the shooting or the circumstances that led to it is requested to inform the Detective Department of the St. Maarten Police Force.
For a successful prosecution it is very important that statements are given to the detectives in person. Members of the public have posted information about the shooting on various Internet sites and two names have been mentioned on the Internet in connection with the shooting: Alexis Roberts and Brent Berry.
The investigation has shown that Roberts and Berry are suspects in this case and the police are appealing to them to turn themselves in and report to the Detective Department for questioning.
The police also inform the general public that assisting a person sought by police as a suspect in any criminal case is an offence punishable by law.
A woman died at Louis Constant Fleming Hospital in Marigot on Tuesday morning after being shot, the Gendarmerie confirmed. Captain Sylvain Jouault said that in the interest of the investigation he had been instructed by the St. Martin Prosecutor not to give any further information.
The woman is believed to be a citizen of the Dominican Republic who was living in Dutch Quarter in a social housing development called “The Projects” and was known locally as Deyanida “Clarisa” Faneyte (20), who was believed to be a former student of St. Maarten Vocational Training School.
A local source said she had been shot multiple times and that the shots, which hit her as she was sitting in a car, had allegedly been aimed at her boyfriend. The source also stated that the boyfriend allegedly had connections in the drugs trade and that he too was injured in the shooting.
The shooting reportedly took place in Dutch Quarter. The boyfriend drove his car across the border to French St. Martin and abandoned it near an area called Round the Pond in French Quarter, from where another vehicle took him and Deyanida to the hospital in Marigot. The boyfriend is now said to be in the custody of the French police.
St. Maarten police spokesman Inspector Ricardo Henson stated that he had been given very little information, but that detectives were in Dutch Quarter to investigate a possible shooting.
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PHILIPSBURG–Seventeen undocumented Haitian immigrants were greeted by the Immigration Service, Customs and the Coast Guard on attempting to enter St. Maarten without visas on Saturday. It is believed their transportation was arranged at same time as the regatta so their entry on the island might go unnoticed.
The Coast Guard initially received an emergency call from a ship some 50 miles off the coast of St. Maarten. The Coast Guard ship Poema investigated and it was found that the ship, which was destined for St. Maarten, had run out of fuel. As the ship was too large to be towed by the Poema, the St. Maarten Coast Guard asked the American Coast Guard to assist.
On their arrival it appeared that this was the second time the ship had run out of fuel and that when the Americans had arrived the first time they had conducted checks on the ship and its passengers and found that a man who was believed to be one of the captains was wanted by the American authorities. The man was arrested. The ship was provided with fuel and the second captain took command of the ship, continuing its journey.
During this second request for assistance, the Poema left when the Americans arrived. The ship was refuelled a second time before continuing to St. Maarten.
Meanwhile, the Coast Guard had noticed that the ship carried, aside from the captain, 17 Haitians. The crew contacted their on-duty officer, who informed the Immigration and Border Control Service and Customs. When the ship arrived in Great Bay, it was kept outside the harbour by the harbourmaster and Immigration, Customs and Coast Guard officers boarded the ship, along with officers of the Maritime Inspection Department.
It was discovered that the Haitians had valid passports, but no visas, and that they appeared to be under the impression they were entering St. Maarten legally. Landing was denied to them and the Immigration Officers received assistance from the police to arrest the remaining captain of the ship for attempting to smuggle the Haitians into the country.
Immigration and Border Control Service head Geronimo Juliet explained that although the Haitians officially had been denied landing, they could not remain on the ship. They were taken ashore and had their passports held as a guarantee. The Haitians are allowed to stay on the island until their repatriation can be arranged and are under supervision of the Immigration and Border Control Service.
Coast Guard Head of Operations Wendell Thode, who was the on-duty officer at the time of the incident, said, “I had a bad feeling, despite the fact that the American Coast Guard had checked out the ship. We contacted all the services to check out the ship again on arrival in St. Maarten.
“This is another example of a great cooperation between the various services, including the harbourmaster. Despite the early hours of the morning, everything was in place and every one of the services did what they had to do to bring this incident to a good conclusion.”
The incident is not linked to the airplane and the large sum of cash that were seized at Princess Juliana International Airport on the same day.
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