Washington – Deputy U.S. marshals escorted U.S. Marshals Service 15 Most Wanted fugitive Wesnel Isaac back to Florida today following his removal from Haiti. Haitian National Police arrested Isaac in Carrefour, Haiti, last Saturday, ending a seven-year fugitive investigation led by the U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force.
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office in Florida wanted Isaac, a documented gang member and alleged enforcer for the Haitian street gang Zoe Pound, for multiple violent offenses committed in 2007 including triple homicide, attempted homicide, kidnapping, home invasion and felon in possession of a firearm.
Shortly after Isaac fled from authorities in 2007, the sheriff’s office requested the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Service Florida/Caribbean Regional Fugitive Task Force to locate and apprehend him. A federal warrant for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution was issued in the Middle District of Florida. The U.S. Marshals upgraded Isaac from a major case to its 15 Most Wanted fugitive list Nov. 13, 2013.
"Isaac’s alleged crimes were horrendous and his potential for continued violence made his arrest a priority for the U.S. Marshals,” said David Harlow, Deputy Director of the U.S. Marshal Service. “His capture is both significant and rewarding, and we thank our domestic and international partners for their tireless persistence in bringing this fugitive to justice.”
A co-defendant in the 2007 triple homicide investigation was sentenced in August 2010 to three life terms by the 20th Judicial Circuit Court in Lee County, Florida.
“Everyone can rest easy now that this alleged ruthless murderer has been brought back to the U.S. and Lee County to face the fullest measure of the law,” said Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott. “We can’t thank our partners with U.S. Marshal’s Service enough for their ‘never give-up – do whatever it takes’ efforts to locate and apprehend this violent fugitive. I know the families of the victims are extremely grateful and can now bring to a close the final chapter for his senseless acts of violence and useless attempt at flight.”