On Friday February 8th between 08.00 and 09.00 p.m. a lady from Dominica who is visiting the island for shopping was attacked by an unknown masked man, dressed in dark clothing with a large knife. The incident took place in the parking lot opposite the SZV in the vicinity of Nen’s Place. During the attack, the victim was stabbed several times in both shoulders and also suffered deep cut on her lower right arm from which she was bleeding profusely. The suspect succeeded in taking the victims shoulder bag with all her personal belongings and the keys to her white Hyundai rental car with license-plate 6777AAA. After commiting this act the suspect jumped into the car and took-off in the direction of Cole Bay. Immediately all police patrols on the street were informed of what had taken place and to look out for the car in question. In the meantime the victim was treated on the scene by paramedics and then transported to the Sint Maarten Medical Center for further treatment. Shortly after, a police bike patrol that was in the Cole Bay/ Simpson bay area saw the vehicle in question driving in the direction of Simpson Bay. The patrol informed the Central Dispatch and requested back-up. The patrol saw the car parked in front of Scotia Bank. The suspect saw the patrol approaching the vehicle at which time he reversed the car at high speed almost knocking the officers off their bike and took off in the direction of Cole bay. Several patrols went into that direction and in the vicinity of Daily Extra a patrol again tried to stop the vehicle at which time several shots were fired by police. The suspect however did not stop and continued at very high speed on the Welfare road in the direction of the Kruythoff round-about. At the round-about the suspect collided head-on with another vehicle coming from the opposite direction. The suspect jumped out of the car and took off on foot in the dark. The Police K-9 was called in and the entire area was searched however the suspect was not located. The Special Robbery Unit and the Forensic Department are investigating this case.