3 tourists cleared in St. Maarten burglar death

US, Swedish tourists in St. Maarten will not face charges in burglar's death

3 tourists cleared in St. Maarten burglar death

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten (AP) -- Authorities in the Dutch Caribbean island of St. Maarten say a group of U.S. and Swedish tourists who caught a man breaking into their rented villa and held him in a chokehold that led to his death will not be prosecuted.

Authorities said the man was one of three that broke into the villa on Jan. 29. They said two of the suspects escaped, but a third one was caught and held until police arrived.

Public prosecutor Tineke Kamps told The Associated Press Friday that an autopsy found the man died from suffocation but showed few signs of external violence.

She called the case a "tragic accident."

Kamps said two of the tourists were from Sweden and one from the U.S. She declined to identify them.

Updated : 2021-04-18 01:29 GMT+08:00