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Man charged in triple homicides in Lehigh on country’s ‘Most Wanted’

November 20, 2013
Special to THE CITIZEN (mtoadvine@breezenewspapers.com) , Lehigh Acres Citizen

One of the most violent men to ever walk the streets of Southwest Florida is now the number one most wanted fugitive in Southwest Florida, and one of the 15 top priority cases nationwide for the U.S. Marshals Service.

Wesnel Isaac, with a date of birth of April 25, 1981, was named Crime Stoppers Most Wanted Fugitive, but was also added to the elite list of the U.S. Marshals 15 Most Wanted.

Isaac is a documented gang member, with an extensive criminal history, who is wanted in Lee County for three counts of kidnapping and murder, as well as attempted murder and home invasion robbery.

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Wesnel Isaac

Isaac, along with his cohorts, stands accused of bursting into a North Fort Myers man's home in August 2007, then pistol whipping and shooting the victim multiple times, all because he didn't return a rental car back to Isaac in a timely fashion.

Just over three weeks later, Isaac and three others were named as suspects in a brutal triple homicide, in which three men were shot to death, then left in a car in a remote Lehigh Acres neighborhood. Isaac's three co-conspirators were all apprehended shortly thereafter one of whom has been sentenced to three life sentences for his role in the triple murder. However, Isaac has managed to evade justice for over six years.

Detectives initially believed that Isaac returned to his native country of Haiti after the murders; however may have returned to the United States where he still has connections in the time that has passed. Regardless of where he is at, U.S. marshals are on the ready to apprehend this violent offender and afford him his "well deserved day in court," said Trish Routte, who is the Crime Stoppers coordinator for Lee County.

"Having the widespread reach of the U.S. Marshals 15 Most Wanted list affords this case the attention and national focus it's deserved," said Routte.

"For years, Isaac has posed a threat to our community, and any community in which he's resided, and until the day he's apprehended, that threat will remain. The members of the U.S. Marshals Service have a tremendous track record of apprehending those who have eluded justice, and we are confident that they will get the job done and put Isaac behind bars for the rest of his natural life," she said.

Isaac was chosen as one of the US Marshals "15 Most Wanted" out of a pool of roughly 500 other fugitive cases up for consideration. The extreme violence and disregard for human life that Isaac has displayed played a large role in his selection to this designation, Routte said.

In addition to the local charges, Isaac's name is also penned on a federal warrant for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution, issued by the Middle District of Florida. This 32-year-old fugitive has so far racked up 34 previous arrests, including charges of burglary, drugs, resisting arrest and DUI. He is intimately affiliated with a violent Haitian gang, and as his actions have proven, he is a fugitive who should absolutely be considered armed and dangerous, Routte said.

Isaac is 5 feet, 5 inches tall and weighs 160 pounds and has numerous tattoos, including the phrase "Great One" on his stomach, and praying hands on his left arm. He is known on the streets as "Haitian Mark" and "Tampa Mark" and has used the aliases of Flex Isaac and Samuel Sainval, Routte said.

Crime Stoppers is asking for any information regarding the current or recent whereabouts of Isaac, no matter where the location may be.

For any information that leads to an arrest, Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 extended by up to an additional $25,000 more from the U.S. Marshals Service.

"We want to stress that all callers will remain completely anonymous and that no calls are ever recorded nor can they be traced thus affording absolute anonymity, Routte said.

Tips may be called into the Crime Stoppers hotline 24/7 at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477) or provided online at www.swflcrimestoppers.org or by texting a tip to CRIMES (274637) Keyword: REWARD.

 
 

 

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