Crime Stoppers Most Wanted finally in custody
May 15, 2014
Crime Stoppers Most Wanted finally in custody
The man who has sat atop Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers Most Wanted list for seven years is finally in police custody, after an extensive investigation that’s been years in the works.
Early this afternoon, members of the US Marshals Service Florida/Caribbean Regional Fugitive Task Force apprehended Wesnel Isaac, DOB 4/25/81, in his native country of Haiti. A very short time ago, Marshals arrived back in the United States with Isaac in tow, charging him with three counts each of murder and kidnapping, robbery and attempted murder, as well as a federal warrant for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. Isaac is now enroute back to Fort Myers, where he will finally face justice for the heinous crimes he’s accused of.
Isaac, who was named as one of the US Marshals Service’s 15 Most Wanted criminals in the nation just over six months ago, is a documented gang member and alleged enforcer for the Haitian gang Zoe Pound. Lee County detectives say Isaac’s violent tendencies catapulted into a two week tirade, which started in North Fort Myers on August 14, 2007. That morning, the victim said Isaac and two associates burst into his Laurel Drive home, shooting him in the chest and leg as retaliation for not returning a rental car in a timely manner. The victim had borrowed the car from Isaac, who was known to him as “Haitian Mark,” and apparently agitated him over the delay in return. After shooting the man, the trio left in the rental car. The victim, fortunately, did not sustain life threatening injuries.
Fast forward two weeks to a gruesome scene in Lehigh Acres, where a man driving to his home on September 2nd spotted a vehicle lodged up against some bushes on Ruth Avenue South. Deputies immediately responded to the scene and found two men slumped over in the back seat of the vehicle, and a third victim clearly deceased in the car’s open trunk. A subsequent investigation determined that the three men were kidnapped by Isaac and three cohorts from a Bonita Springs home over an alleged drug deal gone bad. Two of the victims just happened to be at the home at the time of the incident, and were not involved with the drug transaction, putting them in the wrong place at the wrong time. In fact one of the victims, Reid Graham, was a 55 year old disabled stroke victim, who was blind in one eye. Yet Isaac and his partners spread their wrath of violence among everyone they saw that day. After murdering the three men, they were taken to Lehigh Acres, where their bodies were left in the car for an undetermined amount of time.
For nearly seven years, Isaac had eluded arrest for his alleged role in these despicable crimes. Isaac had a very strong reputation as a violent force not to be crossed, thus making people in the know fearful in coming forward with any information. He led his life consumed with violence and intimidation and did so successfully until today. Now, his fate lies in the hands of the justice system.
“Everyone can rest easy now that this ruthless murderer has been brought back to the U.S. and Lee County to face the fullest measure of the law,” said Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott, “We can’t thank our partners with U.S. Marshals Service enough for their ‘never give-up – do whatever it takes’ efforts to locate and apprehend this violent fugitive. I know the families of the victims are extremely grateful and can now bring to a close the final chapter for his senseless acts of violence and useless attempt at flight.”
“Without a doubt, Wesnel Isaac is one of the most violent criminals Southwest Florida has ever seen,” said Trish Routte, Crime Stoppers Coordinator. “Although he was Crime Stoppers’ most sought after fugitive, the fact that he was deemed so savage as to be added to the US Marshals 15 Most Wanted list is a strong telling of the magnitude of danger that he posed to anyone who crossed his path. Prior to the 2007 triple homicide, Isaac had already been arrested 34 times for other violent crimes. And one can only imagine what maniacal activities he’s been involved with between then and now. Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers extends its utmost appreciation and gratitude to the brave and determined members of the US Marshals Fugitive Task Force who have put in countless hours over the years hunting Isaac down. Not once did they ever give up and had it not been for their persistence to remove this blight from freedom, lives here and abroad would continue to be in danger. His arrest today should be a stern warning to any fugitive who’s been on the run for a lengthy amount of time. You can run, and you can hide, but at the end of the day, you will get caught.”
Inquiries as to the status of Isaac and when formal charges will be levied should be directed to the US Marshals Service at 239-337-0002.
For additional information on Isaac’s background, contact Trish Routte, Crime Stoppers Coordinator, at email@example.com.
Note: The most recent photo of Wesnel Isaac is attached to this release. A new mugshot will be available after he is booked later this evening.