Crime Wave Plagues Haiti
by Marie Laurette Numa
Violent crimes around
Haiti have raised tensions and created an atmosphere of
In the Delmas region of
the capital, thugs shot dead four people last week: Fredly
Desrosiers, Manuel Lamy, a man known only as Jude, and Mary
The latter was a 30-year-old engineer
who worked at the Ministry of Public Works, Transportation,
and Communication (MTPTC). On Fri., Nov, 7 last, she left
the Unibank branch at Delmas 32, and bandits followed her up
Delmas 33. They shot her several times, and she died at the
scene. The bandits stole her bag containing 40,000 gourdes
(US$873), which she had just withdrawn at the bank.
A few days later, the police arrested
two of the bandits: Handy Janvier and Jean Michelet Fleury.
The leader of their gang, known as Okay, and another member,
known as Cherlin, are still being sought by the police.
According to some observers, the crime could have been
committed without the help of an employee in the bank.
In Pétion-Ville and the city center,
including the Croix-des-Bossales market, several people have
been killed by heavily armed bandits, whom the police seem
powerless to stop. According to some on the street, the
bandits are in league with the interim Port-Au-Prince mayor
and are trying to create an atmosphere of fear.
For example, on Oct. 8, two members of
the Fanmi Lavalas Political Organization – Paul “Ti Koton”
Ambroise, 42, and Benoit “Pouchon” Michel, 29 – were shot
dead by a gang linked to Martelly-appointed mayor Joseph
Pierre-Richard Duplan aka Pierrot outside the Sylvio Cator
stadium. Regime-linked thugs also fired at close range at
demonstrators marching for the release of political
prisoners in Carrefour last week.
Meanwhile, on Mon., Nov. 10, in the
middle of the day, bandits calmly robbed a man in
Port-au-Prince’s downtown commercial district. They took his
backpack, wallet, mobile phone, and other valuables before
walking away through the crowd, guns in hand, undisturbed,
according to the online agency HPN.
The victim, whose identity was not
revealed, was grateful to escape unharmed. He called on the
police deploy more fixed and mobile patrols, especially
downtown where crime tends to increase during the holiday
"If I'm still alive, I must thank God,”
the man said. “He saved my life. The thugs who attacked me
were ready to shoot me. What a country! Alas!"
Meanwhile, in Petit Goâve, bandits
murdered a traditional “leaf doctor” known as Jean was on
Rue Geffrard on Mon., Nov. 10 around 7:00 p.m..
In Aux Cayes last week, the Justice of the Peace of Saint
Jean, Jean Fequière Privert, was shot five times by gunmen.