CaribWorldNews, NAPLES, FL, Tues. Sept. 22, 2009: A Haitian migrant who is suspected of killing his wife and five children in Naples, Florida, was yesterday arrested in his homeland of Haiti.
Mesac Damas was reportedly picked up by Haitian police near a hotel in Port-Au-Prince, the country`s capital. He was last night in the custody of Haiti police but was not charged with any crime relating to the deaths of his family members.
However, on Monday, the Collier County Probation Department issued an arrest warrant for Damas, 33, for violating probation on a January arrest for domestic violence.
The Collier County Sheriff`s office last night said his office is working through the FBI to confirm the identity of Damas and determine the appropriate international arrangements for detectives from the department to travel to Haiti to interview Damas.
CCSO detectives are also working with federal officials to apply appropriate international extradition proceedings for the violation of probation warrant, the department said.
Detectives in Collier County on Saturday found the bodies of Haitian migrant Guerline Damas, 32 along with her children: Michzach, 9; Marven, 6; Maven, 5; Megan, 3; and Morgan, 11 months. They believe Damas murdered his family before fleeing to Haiti Friday. The bodies of Damas` wife and five young children were dead inside their residence at 864 Hampton Circle around 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
Sheriff Kevin J. Rambosk called the homicides `the worst of the worst.`
Department of Children and Families records released Monday show the late Mrs. Damas endured years of domestic violence at the hands of her husband. In January, Damas was arrested and charged with misdemeanor battery after he hit his wife as she held their baby daughter. Damas pleaded no contest to the battery charge and was given 12 months probation and ordered to take parenting classes and enroll in a battery intervention program. Around April, he moved back in with his wife and kids.
Meanwhile, a fund that has been established by WXKB radio at B-103.9 to assist the family of the slain victims. To make a donation call 239-765-1039.