All about the two Americans detained in the Haitian president's assassination

Two Americans are among the 28 alleged assassins of President Jovenel Moïse, officials announced Thursday.

Two men believed to be Haitian Americans — one of them purportedly a former bodyguard at the Canadian Embassy in Port au Prince — have been arrested in connection with the assassination of Haiti’s president, Haitian officials said Thursday.

There were 26 Colombians, in addition to the two Haitian-Americans. Seventeen people have been "caught," Charles said. Haitian police are looking for at least eight more people.

James Solages, 35, and Vincent Joseph, 55, allegedly took part in the brazen attack on the Haitian leader, who was reportedly shot a dozen times at his Port-au-Prince home on Wednesday, officials said. His wife, Martine, was critically wounded.

It was unclear why the Haitian government believes they were involved, how long they had been in the country, how and when they got there, or even what their motive was, the Miami Herald reported.

Two Americans are among the 28 alleged assassins of President Jovenel Moïse, officials announced Thursday.

US officials said they are aware of the accusations against American citizens, but could not comment about the allegations due to privacy concerns, according to the newspaper.

"This was a contracted hit to go ahead and kill the president, silence the president,"

Former Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe told CBS News on Thursday.

"The world cannot wait. It's important for every nation's security and for the country's stability to get to those who have financed this assassination of the president." 

Moïse had become increasingly unpopular for clinging to power after his term expired in February. Protesters had been demanding his resignation for months before he was killed.

Solages, who lived in Tamarac, a Florida city in the Fort Lauderdale area, does not have a criminal record, according to the Herald, which cited divorce proceedings in the US but no other legal matters. He described himself on his charity website as a “certified diplomatic agent” and former bodyguard for the Canadian Embassy in Haiti.

He also has a business — EJS Maintenance & Repair LLC — with two other Haitian men, who also are affiliated with the charity, the Herald said, citing Florida corporate records. His LinkedIn page also describes him as the CEO of the remodeling company.

Haiti's capital has been reeling from violence for weeks, with rival groups battling one another or the police for control of the streets, displacing tens of thousands of people and worsening the country's humanitarian crisis.

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