Traffic specialist Ricardo Muller said police recorded 730 traffic accidents on Aruba in December 2012, for a total of close to 8,000 traffic accidents in the period of January - December 2012. Some 285 traffic accidents were attended to only by the insurances' road service.
Saturday in the early morning hours a person hit and run a homeless drug addict "Hassel" in the area of Zeewijk. Other drivers saw him at the side of the road and called emergency services, thinking he had become ill or was drunk. Upon their arrival police immediately called for an ambulance. It was concluded later that Hassel had been the victim of a "hit and run". He was badly injured and had a considerable cut to his head. Investigators found a bumper and tire marks.
Saturday afternoon police arrested eight men of the Venezuelan nationality at Hotel Victoria, who were being sought for a series of robberies. The group had been active since Wednesday. They had been to different businesses, where they would distract the personnel and steal money. Police had been on the lookout for a Toyota Yaris rental car V-1072 and had asked the community's assistance in finding this vehicle. During the arrest one of the men was bit by a K9 Unit's dog and another made police believe he had fled, while he remained inside the hotel and was ultimately found and arrested as well.
Tuesday night an armed robbery took place at a house in Hubadastraat. Three men went into the house and committed the robbery, their faces were covered. They were driving a car registered to a person who lives in Sabana Liber.
Police detain five men behind former Favorito supermarket
Tuesday night police with the K9 Unit, while searching for armed robbers from the Hubadastraat robbery, noticed a vehicle moving at high speed in the vicinity of Peanuts Restaurant and decided to chase the car, which stopped behind the former Favorito supermarket.
Church doors in Paradera and Santa Cruz vandalized
On the weekend the doors of the Roman Catholic churches in Paradera and Santa Cruz were vandalized. The same color of paint was used and both acts of vandalism took place on the night of Saturday to Sunday.
After police arrested 14 suspects in the investigation into the armed bank robbery on RBC Palm Beach on Friday, a suspect voluntarily turned himself in on Saturday. The man, which goes by the last name "Dirksz" and lives in the area of Tanki Leendert, turned himself in accompanied by his lawyer, Edwin Duijneveld. He was being sought by authorities and is considered a dangerous person. He will be released should it be proven that he has nothing to do with the robbery.
Police hold breathalyzer checks during Carnaval time
All throughout the Carnaval season traffic police are and will be stopping cars and checking for DUI chauffeurs along the parade routes. They are requesting cooperation from drivers for breathalyzer checks and they have and will remove the right to drive the vehicle if the person is found DUI. Police have and will have the vehicle removed from the parade if the group does not have another qualified driver to take over.
On Sunday an English speaking tourist leaving the airport in a Suzuki APV hit a Genair employee on the road in front of the airport. The pedestrian was crossing the street on the crosswalk, when the car hit him; he was complaining of a lot of pain and a preliminary check up showed that he might have suffered a fracture. The tourist was very concerned. Ambulance personnel attended to the injured man.