CUPECOY, Netherlands, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Police said they arrested a suspect in the stabbing deaths of an American couple living on the Dutch Caribbean Island of St. Maarten.
Michael King and wife Thelma King, of South Carolina were found dead in their apartment in Cupecoy, Taco Stein, St. Maarten's solicitor general, told CNN.
Stein said a suspect, whose name was not reported, was arrested Sunday.
Topper Daboul, a restaurateur who said he was a friend and business partner of the couple, suspected robbery was a possible motive in the slayings.
"They were beautiful people," he said. "They were kind to everybody."
Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams and former Vice Prime Minister Theo Heyliger condemned the murders and promised a full investigation, The (St. Maarten) Daily Herald reported.
"We are very confident that our law enforcement officials will quickly apprehend the perpetrator(s) who have committed this hideous crime. We share along with the St. Maarten community in the sadness of this loss, and mourn with the friends and families of the victims," Heyliger said.