Defendant returned to U.S. to face murder charges in Boston
Washington – A man who was on the U.S. Marshals’ 15 Most Wanted list for a double homicide committed in 2011 in Dorchester, Mass., was captured on Saturday, June 3, in Haiti and has been brought back to the U.S. to face charges.
Jean Weevens Janvier, 34, was placed on the 15 Most Wanted list in February 2016, was wanted by the Boston Police Department and the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office on a 2012 indictment charging him with two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of armed assault in a dwelling and carrying a firearm without a license.
On Nov. 14, 2011, Janvier allegedly murdered two sisters, Stephanie and Judith Emile, in their apartment in Dorchester. When police arrived at the scene, they discovered a 2-year-old toddler who was alive but alone with the deceased victims. Authorities believe Janvier fled Massachusetts soon after the murders.
After he was placed on the U.S. Marshals’ 15 Most Wanted list, Janvier’s case was featured on Crime Watch Daily, Fox25 Boston as well as numerous other media outlets. Over the course of the fugitive investigation, the U.S. Marshals Service explored and tracked down leads throughout the U.S. including tips from Indiana, Maryland, Georgia, Florida, Connecticut and Massachusetts. The U.S. Marshals Massachusetts Fugitive Task Force and Boston Police Homicide Detectives eventually developed credible information placing Janvier in Haiti.
The U.S. Marshals Service worked closely with the U.S. Diplomatic Security Service and a unit composed of Haitian National Police to prioritize this case and coordinate efforts to locate Janvier. After a thorough investigation by the U.S. Diplomatic Security Service, Janvier was apprehended in Santo, Haiti. The Haitian National Police located Janvier at his mother’s house in Santo. Authorities confirmed his identity through fingerprints. Haitian National Police held Janvier in custody pending his removal from Haiti by U.S. Marshals.
“An extremely violent crime landed Janvier on our 15 Most Wanted list,” said Acting Director David Harlow of the U.S. Marshals Service. “Thanks to the tenacity of our criminal investigators and police cooperation at the local and international level, another dangerous fugitive is off the street and will face justice.”
Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said, “For more than five years, the family of two murdered sisters has waited patiently to see justice done. Today they are one step closer to that goal. Thanks to the strong interagency partnership among Suffolk prosecutors, the US Marshals Service, US Attorney’s office, Diplomatic Security Service, Boston Police Department, and Haitian National Police, we intend to speak for Judith and Stephanie Emile in a Suffolk County courtroom, where the voices that were stolen from them will finally be heard.”
“I commend and congratulate the members of the U.S. Marshals Service District of Massachusetts Fugitive Task Force, Boston Police, Suffolk County DA’s Office, Diplomatic Security Service, and HNP/DCPJ for their outstanding and tenacious work on the apprehension of this Top 15 Most Wanted Fugitive Jean Weevens Janvier,” said U.S. Marshal for the District of Massachusetts John Gibbons. “I would like to thank and recognize the deputies, task force officers, and agents for their patience, perseverance, and tireless efforts throughout their exhaustive search for Janvier who fled the Commonwealth after committing such a brutal crime. My prayers and thoughts go out to the victim’s family members during this difficult period.”
Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) and the Regional Security Officer at U.S. Embassy Port-au-Prince praised the Haitian National Police’s exceptional performance by the in Janvier’s capture, noting in particular the continued outstanding support of the Direction Centrale de la Police Judiciaire (DCPJ).
“We stand with our local, federal and international law enforcement partners in ensuring that dangerous fugitives cannot outrun justice,” said Acting United States Attorney William D. Weinreb. “Our commitment to protecting and serving the residents of Massachusetts knows no borders, and we will bring all federal resources to bear in order to hold defendants like Mr. Janvier accountable.”
Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said, “I wish to commend the tireless efforts of all our law enforcement partners who worked to locate and arrest this violent fugitive. The cooperation and coordination of local, federal and international law enforcement agencies proved instrumental in finding and arresting Mr. Janvier who thought he could hide in Haiti. It is my hope that this arrest brings some level of comfort and peace to the families and loved ones of Judith and Stephanie.