The Haitian Police killed Arnel Joseph, one of the main leaders of armed gangs in the country, a day after he escaped from the Croix-des-Bouquets prison during a bloody riot with at least eight dead, including the director of the prison.
Joseph’s death was confirmed to Efe by the spokesman for the Haitian National Police, Garry Desrosiers.
The police intercepted the dangerous capo in Lester (Artibonite), near the Peace Tribunal when, apparently, he was going on a motorcycle to meet his armed group again, Desrosiers said.
Considered one of the most dangerous bandits in the country, Joseph was known for the violent methods with which his gang controlled the Village de Dieu neighborhood in Port-au-Prince.
Arnel Joseph was arrested in July 2019 after months of persecution and remained in preventive detention in Croix-des-Bouquets awaiting trial for murder and other charges, until yesterday he escaped after the bloody riot, from which he has yet to an official balance of victims has been offered.
The Citizen Protection Office, through a statement, affirmed yesterday that the Croix-des-Bouquets prison “was the subject of a spectacular escape,” in which “dozens of prisoners had time to cross the prison walls” .
The president of Haiti, Jovenel Moise, has condemned the event through his Twitter profile: “We condemn the escape of Croix-des-Bouquets and we urge the population to remain calm.” The National Police “are instructed to take all necessary measures to control the situation,” he added.
The Croix-des-Bouquets prison houses hundreds of prisoners, including members of armed gangs and also several opponents of President Moise who were arrested on February 7, accused of planning a coup against the president.
Haiti is currently experiencing a deep political crisis that worsened on February 7, with the denouncement of the coup and the arrest of a score of opponents involved in the alleged plot.
This complaint has fueled the opposition demonstrations against Jovenel Moise, which since then have taken place practically daily in the Haitian capital.