Suspected Family Slayer Held in Haiti

Published September 23, 2009

The Florida man being held in Haiti on charges that he killed his wife and five children will be arrested when he is returned to U.S. soil, authorities said Tuesday.

Mesac Damas, 33, is being charged with six counts of first-degree murder, the Collier County, Fla., Sheriff's Office said in a statement. "This warrant was obtained based on information and evidence collected thus far in the investigation and statements made by Damas to a federal agent after his detention in Haiti," the statement said.

Police say that they came upon a “horrific” scene at a North Naples, Fla., home on Saturday. Inside they found the bodies of Damas' wife, Guerline Damas, 32, and those of the couple's five children – Michzach, 9; Marven, 6; Maven, 5; Megan, 3; and Morgan, 11 months, police said, declining to offer details on the way they were murdered. At a Tuesday news conference, Collier County Sheriff Kevin Rambosk said the killings appeared premeditated.

Authorities say that Damas was last seen Thursday night at the Naples restaurant where he had worked as a cook. The following morning, he arrived at Miami International Airport where he purchased a one-way flight to Haiti, Rambosk said. The FBI and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement helped locate Damas. The man believed to be Damas was taken into custody Monday by the Haitian National Police.

"Information obtained by [Sheriff’s Department] shows Damas was found hiding near a hotel in the capital city of Port-au-Prince," a sheriff's statement said Tuesday.

Once Damas returns to the United States, he is to be held without bond in the Collier County Jail, the judge’s order stipulates. If convicted, Damas could face life in prison or the death penalty.

Written by BET.com Staff

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