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Posted Sunday, September 20, 2009
|5 Children of Haitian parentage, wife found dead in
NAPLES, Fla. -
The husband of a woman found dead in a Florida apartment along with her five
young children boarded a flight for Haiti, and police said Sunday the couple had
a history of domestic violence calls to their homes over the past decade.
|By Christine Amario, AP Writer
Mesac Damas, 33, who has family in Haiti, left Miami International Airport on
Friday, said Collier County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Michelle Batten.
Sheriff's officials said they want to talk to Damas, who is a person of
interest. They were not calling him a suspect.
|In this driver's license photo provided by the Collier County
Sheriff's Office, Mesac Damas, 33, is shown.
The victims found Saturday were Guerline Damas, 32, and her children: Michzach,
9; Marven, 6; Maven, 5; Megan, 3; and 11-month-old Morgan. Batten would not say
how they died.
Family members contacted authorities Friday saying they hadn't heard from the
mother. A deputy went to the home and knocked on the front door, but got no
answer, said Capt. Chris Roberts of the sheriff's special investigations
He did not look through any of the apartment's windows.
"With the information the deputy had, I think what he did was reasonable,"
A missing person report was filed Saturday, and the sheriff's office later
entered the home in a gated community in Naples in southwest Florida and found
the bodies, Batten said.
"In no uncertain terms, this is the most horrific and violent event this
community has ever experienced," Sheriff Kevin Rambosk said.
Roberts said the couple had been married two years but together for about 10.
Police had been called a handful of times to their homes since 2000 for domestic
disturbances, he said.
Damas on Thursday night left Miller's Ale House in Naples, where he worked as a
cook. His car was found at the airport and investigators were checking it for
Roberts said the children attended school on Thursday but were absent Friday.
Their mother works at a local Publix supermarket and did not show up on Friday
The sheriff's office has declined to release details of how the six were killed.
The man's father, Jean Damas Sr., told the Naples Daily News that his son had
called his brother from Haiti. Roberts said local investigators were working
with U.S. agencies that can assist them in Haiti. Any extradition would take
time, Roberts said.
Damas Sr. also said his son and his wife have had domestic problems. A phone
message left Sunday by The Associated Press for Damas Sr. was not immediately
Collier County court records show Mesac Damas has prior charges for domestic
violence against his wife. Roberts said that in January, Damas pleaded no
contest to a misdemeanor battery charge against his wife.
Haitian police spokesman Frantz Lerebours could not immediately be reached for
comment. A message was also left with the FBI.
Neighbors said they often saw the three older children at the bus stop in the
morning. The oldest was protective of his two younger siblings, warning them to
stay out of the street. They could also be seen playing in their yard and saying
hello to neighbors in the community landscaped with palm trees and filled with
light colored town homes, many of which have screened patios in the back.
Neighbor Vebi Shuaipi said the family was very nice and friendly.
He said he never saw the couple fighting, although the police were at their
house all week because they had been yelling.
__ Associated Press Writer Suzette Laboy contributed to this report from
|Wehaitians.com, the scholarly journal of
democracy and human rights