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|Posted Wednesday, July 30, 2008
|UPDATE: Captured at Franklin Avenue and Union Street
in Brooklyn, N.Y. about 6:15 p.m. today.
|DA: Father stabbed woman, kidnapped his estranged wife, 4
|State Police Photo
A surveillance camera caught images of Rodlyn Petitbois, Louna Eveillard and
their four children at the South Station subway station this morning.
|By Christopher Baxter, Globe Correspondent,
|and Andrew Ryan, Globe Staff
LYNN -- A massive manhunt continues this afternoon for a 25-year-old father who
is accused of fatally stabbing a woman in the face in Lynn and then kidnapping
his estranged wife and four young children. State Police photograph of Rodlyn
There have been reported sightings of Rodlyn Petitbois and his captive family in
Revere and on a bus. Authorities this afternoon released pictures of them taken
by surveillance cameras at the Haymarket Square and South Station subway
stations. Officials activated an Amber Alert at 10:44 a.m. in a search that now
includes federal immigration officials, the FBI, and authorities in New York,
where Petitbois once lived.
"We believe the children are at high risk," Essex District Attorney Jonathan
Blodgett said this afternoon at a press conference. He added: "Our witnesses
have led us to believe that the children and their mother were taken against
Blodgett said that Petitbois and his wife, Louna Eveillard, 26, entered the
United States in 1999 through New York. The couple has four children who range
in age from 3 years to 11 months, but their relationship has recently been
"tenuous," Blodgett said.
|PHOTOS: Rodlyn Petitbois. At left, he is holding an unidentified
Lynn police were called to 99 High Rock St. at 1:02 a.m. and found Greenland
Etienne, 33, suffering from a stab wound to the face. She was taken to a Boston
hospital and pronounced dead. Witnesses told police that Petitbois took his
family captive and fled.
Etienne lived at the apartment where she was killed, Blodgett said. It appears
there was a "social" relationship between her and Petitbois and his wife, but
that remains under investigation. Police are still trying to determine where the
mother and children live.
Prosecutors are seeking an arrest warrant for Petitbois for first-degree murder
because they allege he "used a knife to … kill Greenland Etienne," Blodgett
Investigators originally thought Petitbois had escaped in a white Buick
Roadmaster. That vehicle has been located and police say it was not involved in
Releasing the surveillance camera pictures taken this morning at the Haymarket
Square station and South Station -- where subway passengers can connect with
intercity trains and buses -- authorities said this afternoon that the
investigation had expanded to include the New York City area.
Eveillard has a fresh injury to one of her hands and may be wearing a bandage
and in need of medical attention. She has been described as a black woman with a
slender build and short hair. She speaks broken English and is of Haitian
Petitbois is a black male with black hair worn in cornrows and dreadlocks. When
last seen, he had a beard. The children were identified as Ryan Petitbois, 3,
Lyndsey Petitbois, 2, Lauren Petitbois, 1, and Roddick Petitbois, 11 months. "Rodlyn
Petitbois is extremely dangerous and we are asking the public's assistance
apprehending him," Blodgett said. "We also ask that they do not approach him if
they believe they have found him. Call 911 and the district attorney's office
Reprinted from The Boston Globe, online version, of Wednesday, July 30, 2008.
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