The FBI, along with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the U.S. Department of State, announced the addition of Vitel’Homme Innocent to its Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list. A reward of up to $2 million is being offered for information leading to his arrest and/or conviction.
The FBI describes wanted man, Vitel'homme Innocent, as a 37-year-old black male with black hair and brown eyes. He stands approximately 5'7" to 5'10" tall, weighing in at 150 lbs.
According to the FBI's Most Wanted Website, Vitel'Homme Innocent, as leader of the gang Kraze Barye, allegedly worked together with the gang 400 Mawozo, in the October 2021, kidnapping of 17 Christian Missionaries in Haiti, including five children, one as young as 8 months old.
The hostages were allegedly held at gunpoint and most remained captive for 61 days. The gangs demanded ransom payments for each of the victims. Additionally, under the direction of Innocent, it is alleged that in October 2022, the Kraze Barye gang kidnapped a United States citizen in Haiti and killed a second United States citizen during the kidnapping attempt.
Innocent was charged with Conspiracy to Commit Hostage Taking; Hostage Taking; Conspiracy to Commit Hostage Taking Resulting in Death; and Attempted Hostage Taking Resulting in Death by indictments filed in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.
The FBI cautions would-be tipsters to consider Innocent armed and dangerous. If you have any information concerning this person, please contact your local FBI office or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate.
Article by Rachael Volpe