A man who allegedly killed two sisters inside their Dorchester apartment in 2011 was recently captured in Haiti and will soon be arraigned on murder charges in Suffolk Superior Court, officials said Tuesday.
Jean Weevens Janvier, 35, was captured June 3 at his mother’s home in Santo, Haiti, the US Marshals Service said in a statement. Janvier had been placed on the Marshals’ 15 Most Wanted list.
He faces two counts of first-degree murder for the fatal shootings of his ex-girlfriend, Stephanie Emile, 21, and her sister Judith Emile, 23, in the siblings’ Harlem Street apartment on Nov. 14, 2011.
“An extremely violent crime landed Janvier on our 15 Most Wanted list,” said David Harlow, acting director of the Marshals Service, in Tuesday’s statement. “Thanks to the tenacity of our criminal investigators and police cooperation at the local and international level, another dangerous fugitive is off the street and will face justice.”
Janvier’s capture was also hailed by Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley, whose office will prosecute the alleged killer.
“For more than five years, the family of two murdered sisters has waited patiently to see justice done,” Conley said in the Marshals’ statement. “Today they are one step closer to that goal. Thanks to the strong interagency partnership among Suffolk prosecutors, the US Marshals Service, US Attorney’s office, Diplomatic Security Service, Boston Police Department, and Haitian National Police, we intend to speak for Judith and Stephanie Emile in a Suffolk County courtroom, where the voices that were stolen from them will finally be heard.”
Conley’s spokesman said Janvier will be arraigned once he’s brought back to Massachusetts, possibly later this week or early next week.
The Marshals said police discovered a 2-year-old toddler alone with the sisters’ bodies on the morning of the killings.
Investigators, determined to get their man, launched a relentless pursuit of Janvier, tracking down leads in Indiana, Maryland, Georgia, Florida, Connecticut and Massachusetts before eventually learning that he was hiding out in Haiti, according to the Marshals.
Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans also welcomed news of the arrest on Tuesday.
“I wish to commend the tireless efforts of all our law enforcement partners who worked to locate and arrest this violent fugitive,” Evans said in the Marshals’ statement. “The cooperation and coordination of local, federal and international law enforcement agencies proved instrumental in finding and arresting Mr. Janvier who thought he could hide in Haiti. It is my hope that this arrest brings some level of comfort and peace to the families and loved ones of Judith and Stephanie.”