BASSE-TERRE – The French government has sent police reinforcement to Guadeloupe following the killing of a young man in Guadeloupe by a youth from Dominica.
The reinforcement was announced by the Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, after the murder of Yohann Equinoxe.
Media reports indicate that four platoons of riot police, 70 policemen in all arrived in Guadeloupe on the weekend.
They are expected to hit the streets Monday.
According to media reports, Yohann was stabbed seven times with a knife and killed by the young man from Dominica who attempted to steal his phone.
The incident took place in Abymes on Tuesday, September 13, 2016, at around 5:45 p.m.
The young man from Dominica was subsequently arrested on Thursday, September 15 in St Francois at the home of a relative where he was hiding.
Following the killing, there have been reports of tension between the Dominican and Guadeloupean communities. Videos have surfaced on social media threatening violence on each other.
The suspect was born in Dominica on August 2, 2001. If found guilty, he faces 20 years behind bars.