Haitian Minister of Elections and Party Relations Mathias Pierre identified US citizen James Solages, described as being of Haitian descent, as one of two survivors of a police shooting in the streets near the president’s house .
He told the Poster that at least one other detainee would also be a Haitian-American. Four other suspects were killed.
Mr Pierre is said to have shown video of the two suspects being arrested amid taunts from a surrounding crowd, as the crowd gathered around the police station where they were being held.
“The special units are trying to protect the police station, because the population is very angry and is trying to reach them, to burn them,” he told the Poster. “We are trying to avoid this. “
While the two men were photographed before being taken into custody, it was not immediately clear who Mr. Solages was and who was the unidentified alien suspected of being Haitian-American.
Léon Charles, Haiti’s national police chief, said they were chasing the attackers as they left the crime scene and had been fighting them since they were stranded in a nearby house.
Three officers held hostage were released after police surrounded and cleared the suspected hideout.
Mr. Moïse was shot and his wife was seriously injured in an attack on their home by a group of men early Wednesday.
Other than Mr. Solages, none of the other suspects killed or captured have been identified and evidence of their connection to the assassination has yet to be made public. Authorities continue to search for other attackers.
“We will continue to hunt them down. Either they will be arrested or they will be arrested in the exchange of gunfire. The lawsuit will continue, ”Charles said at a press conference.
While Charles and the country’s Prime Minister described the “highly trained commando” as foreigners who spoke Spanish, the country’s Culture and Communication Minister Pradel Henriquez said there were Haitians there. among the group of attackers, according to the French-language newspaper of Haiti Le Nouvelliste. .
Haiti’s envoy to the United States said the assassination was carried out by foreigners who were “well-trained professionals, killers, commandos” while the country’s prime minister, Dr Claude Joseph, said said it was an unidentified group of individuals, “some of whom spoke in Spanish.” “.
Mr Joseph’s reference to the Spanish-speaking attackers came amid video reports from the night of the attack on the president’s home showing the men claiming to be agents of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
The country’s national language is Haitian Creole, similar to French Creole, with Spanish, Portuguese and English influences. Spanish is spoken in the neighboring Dominican Republic.
“Operation DEA. Everyone withdraws. Operation DEA. Everyone is backing down, quitting, ”one of the men with the American accent would have shouted in English.
Haiti’s Ambassador to the United States, Bocchit Edmond, told a press conference that these were “fake DEAs,” based on his impression from security camera footage.
State Department spokesman Ned Price denied that the United States was involved in the murder.