Haitian police capture another Colombian linked to the assassination of the president

Haitian police capture another Colombian linked to the assassination of the president
Haitian police capture another Colombian linked to the assassination of the president

MIAMI, Fla. – Haitian police announced late Friday that officers detained one more of the Colombians accused of being involved in the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse. They identified him as Jaimes Gersain Mendivelso.

The figures that have been released have been changing as researchers work to piece together the complicated international puzzle.

Haitian National Police Chief Léon Charles said there were 28 suspects. On Thursday, he said 17 of the suspects were detained, three were killed in a shooting and eight fled. On Friday night, authorities said that two Colombians, and not three, had died and that they were looking for five more.

Charles said they believe 26 of the 28 suspects were Colombian men, and that two of the 17 detainees were Haitian-American men and the other 15 were Colombian. On Friday, the Colombian military identified 13 of the suspects as retired members.


Here is the list of the 18 Colombian suspects arrested:

  • Jaimes Gersain Mendivelso

  • German Alexander Ribera Garcia

  • John Jader Andela

  • Neil Caceres Duran

  • Alex Miyer Feather

  • Carlos Giovani Guerrero Torres

  • Angel Mario Yacce Sierra

  • Alberto Jheyner Carmona Florez

  • Francisco Eladio Uribe Ochoa

  • Naiser Franco Castaneda

  • Enalder Vargas Gomez

  • John Jairo Suares Joy

  • Alejandro Zapata Girardo

  • John Jairo Ramirez Gomez,

  • Victor Albeiro Pinera Cardona

  • Manuel “Mauritius” Antonio Guarin Gross

  • Juan Carlos Yepes Clabijo

  • Blaunicet Edwin.

Haiti’s Claude Joseph says assassination left him in shock

Colombian General Jorge Luis Vargas Valencia told reporters on Friday that four companies recruited 13 of the Colombian suspects in Haiti, including a retired lieutenant colonel. The groups traveled separately to the Dominican Republic to cross the border with Haiti.

Haitian Americans James Solages and Joseph Vincent told Haitian authorities that they were part of an operation to arrest Moïse – not to kill him – and that they were only there as translators, Haitian investigating judge Clément Noël said, according to Le Nouvelliste, a Haitian newspaper published in French.

Schubert Dorisme of Tamarac said Solages, 35, is his wife’s nephew and has known him for about seven years. He was shocked when he learned Wednesday night that Solages had been detained in Port-au-Prince.


“He has no military training,” Dorisme said Thursday afternoon. “He was not in the army.”

Dorisme said Solages travels to Haiti regularly to do charity work and visit her parents. State records show he was the president of FWA SA A JACMEL AVAN, INC, a Florida nonprofit named after Jacmel, a port city on the southern coast of Haiti. Dorisme said that Solages had once dreamed of being mayor of Jacmel.

“Yes, he helped in Haiti… there is no way that will happen. That’s why I say someone probably used it, ”Dorisme commented. “We cannot believe it. I want my president … I don’t think so. I don’t think I am capable of doing these things. I think someone has used him ”.

Florida records show Solages had expired firearm and security officer licenses.

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