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Haiti police arrest country’s most wanted alleged gang leader

Published:Tuesday | July 23, 2019 | 9:26 AM
Arnel Joseph - CMC photo

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, CMC – Police say they have captured the country’s most wanted criminal, Arnel Joseph, who had earlier challenged law enforcement authorities to arrest him despite having a two million Gourde reward on his head.

Police said that the alleged gang leader was captured late Monday at the hospital Lumière of Bonne-Fin, a few kilometres from the city of Les Cayes.

They say Joseph had undergone surgery for a leg injury sustained during a clash with members of another gang in June resulting in the deaths of eight people and several others wounded.

For more than a year, Joseph had managed to escape several attempts by the police to arrest him and each time in retaliation he attacked police stations.

The authorities said his arrest ends more than a year of criminal activity by the country’s most wanted and dangerous alleged gang leader.

He is expected to be transferred shortly to the capital, Port-au-Prince.

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