Arrested: South Florida Men Arrested in Connection With the Assassination of the Haitian President

Joe Duncan

Investigations are still underway into the strange assassination of the Haitian president
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It came as a shock to us here on the American mainland, as news channels began to broadcast the story of the assassination of the Haitian President, Jovenel Moïse, in early July. After the events unfolded, a video was released that seemed to show a group of men approaching his residence claiming to be from the DEA, the Drug Enforcement Agency of the United States.

Huh. How odd is that? My first thought harkened back to the Bay of Pigs invasion in Cuba, a blunder that will remain a stain on America's legacy after we tried to invade the island of Cuba, unsuccessfully.

The men who carried out the assassination found the nation's president in his bedroom where he was killed. They shot at him with many rounds, twelve of which actually ended up striking his body. His entire upstairs bedroom was "riddled with bullets" reports those who found the president about 5 hours after the assassination took place. It sounds like a scene after the shootout between authorities and Bonnie and Clyde.

But in the hours and days after the assassination, Haitian security forces began an immediate investigation and eventually tracked down several of the assassins. Or so they claim. And two of those alleged assassins are United States citizens. Both of them also happen to be from Florida.

After a shootout that killed some of the alleged assassins, they brought several men into custody for the murder.

Joseph Vincent and James Solages are the two American citizens in question and both have been taken into Haitian custody, as the authorities try to figure out why on earth they would assassinate the president. One thing that's lacking, the thing that nobody can quite figure out, is a motive.

And now, the two Florida men are saying that the plot was to arrest, rather than kill, the Haitian president. However, this story doesn't jive well with the residents of Haiti. In the small island nation that shares a border with the Dominican Republic, it's illegal to arrest someone after 6 p.m. unless they're in the active commission of a crime.

The assassination was carried out at night, at about 1 a.m., authorities say, which shoots that explanation right in the foot. Even weirder, the time stamp on the video taken shows that the assassination wasn't at 1 a.m., but rather, 2.44 a.m. Nobody knows even when the president was killed, let alone why.

United States President Joe Biden said:

"We condemn this heinous act, and I am sending my sincere wishes for first lady Moïse’s recovery. The United States offers condolences to the people of Haiti, and we stand ready to assist as we continue to work for a safe and secure Haiti."

Many questions still loom as the two nations try to figure out everything that happened and why. But the explanations offered by those who've been taken captive for the murder don't pass the smell test. I sense something more is afoot.

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