Department of Justice
INTERPOL Washington investigation leads to arrest of Canada's Most Wanted
WASHINGTON - INTERPOL Washington, the U.S. National Central Bureau, announced today the capture of one of Canada’s 10 most wanted fugitives. Dieuseul Jean, 51, was being sought by Canadian authorities for the alleged murder of his girlfriend on Christmas Day in 1995. He was arrested in northern New Jersey on Friday, March 22 based on new investigative leads developed at INTERPOL Washington.
“I commend the work of all the law enforcement authorities involved in this more than 17-year old murder case,” said INTERPOL Washington Director Shawn Bray. “This is a great example of U.S. law enforcement agencies and their international partners sharing information to locate and bring criminals to justice. I would like to especially commend the U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of International Affairs for their tireless efforts in this investigation.”
Based on the recent success of international collaborative efforts, INTERPOL Washington investigators and criminal analysts began to re-examine this case. Their investigative efforts proved fruitful when INTERPOL Washington personnel discovered evidence that pointed to Jean assuming various identities in various locations in the United States; eventually finding the suspect residing in northern New Jersey.
“International cooperation between INTERPOL partners is crucial to supporting the Canadian law enforcement community and ensuring the security of Canadians at home and abroad,” said Inspector Glenn Martindale, Director of Royal Canadian Mounted Police INTERPOL Ottawa. “The arrest of this individual would not have been possible without the help of our partners at INTERPOL Washington and the U.S. Marshals Service.”
Jean is being charged with the Dec. 25, 1995 murder of Juthlande Pierre, 42. He is alleged to have gone to Pierre’s home in Roxboro, Canada and later stabbed her more than 15 times including in the head, then wrapped her in a carpet and hid her body beneath a pile of objects in the basement. Police discovered her body on Jan. 15, 1996 after friends of the victim reported her missing. On Jan. 17, 1996 an arrest warrant was issued in Montreal charging Jean with first-degree murder.
Jean fled to Newark, N.J. and was illegally residing in the United States under an alias. He is now in U.S. custody awaiting extradition to Canada.
The Jean case marks the second time that INTERPOL Washington has assisted its Canadian counterparts in investigations involving Canada’s most wanted fugitives. In June 2011, Canadian citizen John Boulachanis was arrested in Florida after INTERPOL Ottawa requested assistance in locating him. Boulachanis was alleged to have committed a murder in Quebec in August 1997.
The murder with which Jean is charged is being investigated by the Service de Police de la Ville de Montreal.