A Haitian doctor who has lived in Florida for more than two decades has been arrested in Haiti on suspicion of being one of the leaders behind President Jovenel Moïse’s assassination last week, according to Haiti’s police chief, according to the Miami Herald.
Several people in custody in the case have mentioned Christian Emmanuel Sanon’s name, according to Haiti National Police Chief Léon Charles.
After one of the suspects was apprehended, Sanon was the first person he called.
He was apprehended by the Haitian National Police as part of an ongoing investigation into the leadership of the group of 26 Colombians and two Haitian Americans accused of carrying out the assassination.
Sanon “made contact with two other people who are implicated, they know who they are, and are recognized as intellectual authors of the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse’,” Charles said.
Sanon’s arrest makes him the third person of Haitian descent to be arrested in connection with the murder. James Solages, 35, and Joseph G. Vincent, 55, both Haitian Americans from South Florida, were apprehended by police hours after the killing.
— South Florida Sun Sentinel (@SunSentinel) July 13, 2021
During questioning, the two Haitian Americans, who are now among 21 suspects in police custody, told Haitian officials that their mission was to serve a 2019 arrest warrant issued by a judge and transport Moïse to the presidential palace, not to kill the president.
According to a source who spoke with the two men, they would install Sanon, 63, as president there.
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In a Miami Herald interview on Saturday, Charles alluded to Sanon but did not name him. The suspects, including the two Haitian Americans, confirmed that they worked for a company “based in the U.S. and Colombia…. [which] worked with the two Haitian Americans and a high-profile doctor here.”
Two Hatian-Americans with dual-citizenship are among the 17 individuals arrested in connection with the assassination of the Haitian president.
12 of the 17 men arrested are "former Colombian army." Sounds more like "mercenaries" to me.https://t.co/Yyo8vBLtTe
— ProfessorBlackTruth (@ProfBlacktruth) July 9, 2021
CTU Security, based in Miami, is registered as the Counter Terrorist Unit Federal Academy LLC in Florida.
“I would say that the Haitian [doctor] recruited CTU and CTU recruited the Colombians. That’s the pattern,” Charles said.
Sanon’s arrest comes as Haitian and Colombian authorities try to piece together the events leading up to Moïse’s death, which occurred around 1 a.m. Wednesday in the upstairs bedroom of his home.
Has anyone asked this question out loud
Why would a bunch of Colombians March into the Hatian president's residence with such boldness? Who sent them? What is the big picture etc etc? Asking for my Port Au Prince brothers and sisters
— I Still Believe in The Promise of America (@onigbindejoao) July 12, 2021
Unanswered questions include how Sanon, who has previously declared bankruptcy, could be involved in a costly conspiracy. Some of those detained claimed to be paid $3,000 per month and to have been living in Haiti since January.
Charles said at a press conference late Sunday that two investigations are ongoing: one into the president’s death and the perpetrators, and the other an administrative probe being handled by police internal affairs.
Questions have been raised about Moïse’s presidential guards and how the assailants managed to get past the guard gate and two dogs and into his home.
According to police sources, four members of the presidential security detail, including the head of the National Palace’s General Security Unit, Dimitri Hérard, have been relieved of their leadership duties and are required to report daily to internal affairs.
They’ve also been asked to come in for questioning.
According to the Washington-based Center for Economic Policy and Research, Hérard is currently the subject of a US law enforcement investigation into arms trafficking in Haiti.
Colombia's Semana reports that Dimitri Herard, the head of the president's security detail, recently traveled to Colombia. https://t.co/A8kQVntsG5
— Jake Johnston (@JakobJohnston) July 10, 2021
Meanwhile, five former Colombian soldiers who are suspected of being involved in the attack on the president’s home are still on the loose, while 18 others have been apprehended.
Sanon arrived in Haiti in June on a private plane with “political motivations,” according to Charles, and enlisted the help of the suspects to provide him with security as the country’s new president.
According to interviews with the Colombian suspect, the group was originally hired to provide security for Sanon as a VIP, but the mission changed and they were assigned to serve an arrest warrant on Moïse.
The YouTube anchors at Tripotay Lakay have been working their sources HARD😭 they might be talking to all of the 16 mistresses of Dimitri Herard as we speak on Whatsap 💀💀
— Sarah Mikal (@NetflixFunny) July 10, 2021
Charles didn’t say when or how the plan to kill Moïse changed.
At some point, 22 more people arrived in Haiti to join the first group that had already arrived.
According to Charles, police discovered a cache of arms and ammunition at Sanon’s home after his arrest, including six rifles, 9mm guns, 20 cartridges of bullets, and four Dominican Republic license plates.
Police sources have told the Herald that four members of the presidential security detail, including the head of the General Security Unit of the National Palace, Dimitri Hérard, have been removed from their leadership duties and must report daily to internal affairs
— Scott Stewart (@stick631) July 12, 2021
Sanon has spent more than 20 years in Florida, ranging from the Tampa Bay area to South Florida.
According to public records, he has more than a dozen businesses registered in the state, but the majority of them are dormant.
Medical services, an energy company, and real estate were among them.
Here's the patsy for the assassination of President Moise in #Haiti. Christian Emmanuel Sanon, an eccentric, well-meaning but gullible Florida man who posted online his dreams of being president of Haiti.
Duped by the real mastermind of the plot.#Moisehttps://t.co/05rrIlReS6
— Matthew VanDyke (@Matt_VanDyke) July 13, 2021
While he calls himself a doctor, records show he does not have a medical license in Florida, where he filed for bankruptcy in 2013.
According to court documents, he works as a doctor in Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
He studied medicine in the Dominican Republic, according to a YouTube video promoting his work.
Sanon also listed himself as a church pastor at the Tabarre Evangelical Tabernacle, president of a non-governmental organization called Organization Rome Haiti, and president of Radio-Tele Vasco, all of which are located in Tabarre, Haiti, in his bankruptcy filing.
Sanon owned a home in Brandon, Florida, which he lost in a foreclosure before declaring bankruptcy.
He claimed he had more than $140,000 in equity in the house at the time.
The assassination of President Moise in #Haiti:
1. Oversized team of 20+ amateur assassins, meant to guarantee the kill but also guarantee their capture
2. Foreigners used to false flag it as foreign operation
3. The assassins won't know who really hired them (it was a Haitian) pic.twitter.com/qmwIVI2MDj
— Matthew VanDyke (@Matt_VanDyke) July 9, 2021
According to bankruptcy records, he was earning $60,000 per year and owed more than $400,000 in debt.
Sanon changed his address from Brandon to Hollywood, then to Boynton Beach, during the bankruptcy.
Sanon was living in Margate, Broward County, when he received a traffic violation ticket in 1998, according to other court records.
According to a YouTube video, Sanon is one of the leaders needed to represent the Haitian people, and he has the support of more than 200 businesses to help the country’s industrial development and socioeconomic recovery.
Sanon was born in Jacmel in 1956 and studied biology in New York before studying in the Dominican Republic, according to the video.