FORT MYERS, Florida (News-Press) - A fugitive suspect in a 2007 triple-murder in southwest Florida has been extradited from Haiti.
Deputy U.S. Marshal John Kinsey says Wesnel Isaac was arrested Saturday by Haitian national police in Carrefour, Haiti. U.S. authorities flew to the Caribbean country Thursday.
Isaac was ordered held without bond Friday on charges of second-degree murder, kidnapping and failure to appear. Lee County jail records did not show whether he had an attorney.
A trial date is set for June 16, according to the Lee County Sheriff's Office.
Isaac was the first person from Southwest Florida to be listed on the U.S. Marshals' Top 15 most wanted. There was a $25,000 reward placed on him.
He was allegedly involved in a 2007 triple murder in which three men were kidnapped from a Bonita Springs home. Their bodies were found days later in scar in Lehigh Acres.
He faces charges including three counts of second-degree murder, three counts of kidnapping and failure to appear.
Isaac's movements had been followed closely by marshals and the Lee County Sheriff's Office, and they first believed he was in Haiti several years ago, Kinsey said.
"We'd get a lead and we'd exhaust it and it wouldn't go anywhere. Then we'd get another lead and we'd exhaust that. Haiti kept popping up, popping up here, popping up there," he said. "We got leads he was in Fort Myers and he's not there… there was absolutely no indication whatsoever that he has been here since he left."
A tip that came in about a year ago – for which someone will receive the $25,000 reward – allowed marshals to finally get him. For years, they received information that family and friends were afraid to speak about Isaac's whereabouts, Kinsey said.
The Haitian government was "instrumental" in Isaac's capture, he said.
3 killed in 2007
Isaac was one of four men who participated in the kidnapping and murder of three men in 2007.
Robert Barckley, Scott Highfill and Willard Graham were taken from Brackley's Bonita Springs home and found shot to death in a car in Lehigh Acres on Sept. 3, 2007.
One of the victims, who did not die of his injuries, testified that Isaac and two associates came into his home and shot him "as retaliation for not returning a rental car in a timely manner," according to Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers.
Two weeks later, a man driving in Lehigh Acres spotted a vehicle in the bushes on Ruth Avenue South. The car contained the men, whom detectives alleged Isaac and his associates kidnapped after a "drug deal gone bad," according to Crime Stoppers.
Isaac's codefendants received stiff sentences for their roles.
Two – Peter Belvilus, then 23, and Georgie Guerrier, 22, received eight years in prison followed by two years' probation.
The two men received pleaded guilty to charges of accessory after the fact in exchange for their testimony against Loubert Jules, then 22.
Jules was convicted of three counts of second-degree murder and three counts of false imprisonment. He received three life terms in prison.
Isaac is a documented member – and possibly an enforcer – of the Haitian gang Zoe Pound.
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An episode of the television show "Gangland" that profiled the group said its United States headquarters is in Miami's "Little Haiti" neighborhood.
"Haitian gangs, such as the Florida-based Zoe Pound, have proliferated in many states primarily along the East Coast in recent years," according to a 2011 report on gangs by the FBI.
The gang can be elusive, Kinsey said.
"They exist but they don't exist. There's no defined leader… I know they're not nice people," he said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.