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Amber Alert issued in Mass. for 4 Lynn children

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LYNN, Mass. (AP) - State police issued an Amber Alert on Wednesday for four children taken with their from an apartment where another woman was found fatally stabbed.
The children range in age from 11 months to 3 years. All five are believed to be with the children's father, Rodlyn Petitbois, said David Procopio, a state police spokesman.
Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett said his office was seeking an arrest warrant for Petitbois on a first-degree murder charge.
"At this point in time we believe Rodlyn is extremely dangerous and may be armed," Blodgett said.
Police in Lynn, about 15 miles north of Boston, went to the apartment early Wednesday after receiving a report of a stabbing. They found Greenland Etienne, 33, with stab wounds to her face. She was pronounced dead a short time later at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Blodgett said authorities believe there was a "social" relationship between Etienne and Petitbois but that link was still under investigation.
Police said Petitbois, 25, came to the United States in 1999 through New York. State and New York City authorities have been put on notice. The FBI and immigration authorities also are investigating, Blodgett said. Blodgett did not specify Petitbois' home country or immigration status.
Blodgett said Petitbois did not have a local criminal history. He had a government-issued photo identification but not a driver's license.
The mother of the children, Louna Eveillard, 26, may have a stab wound to her hand and may be wearing a bandage.
Blodgett said there was no indication she was an accomplice.
Blodgett said an earlier report of a 1992 white Buick Roadmaster being used in the abduction turned out to be unfounded.
The children were identified as: Ryan Petitbois, 3; Lyndsey Petitbois, 2; Lauren Petitbois, 22 months; and Roddick Petitbois, 11 months.
Authorities said they are not sure whether Petitbois and Eveillard lived together or what kind of custody arrangement they had for their children.
 

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A surveillance camera caught images of Rodlyn Petitbois, Louna Eveillard and their four children at South Station this morning.

By Christopher Baxter, Globe Correspondent, and Andrew Ryan, Globe Staff

LYNN -- A massive manhunt continues this afternoon for a 25-year-old father who is accused of fatally stabbing a woman in the face in Lynn and then kidnapping his estranged wife and four young children.


There have been reported sightings of Rodlyn Petitbois and his captive family in Revere and on a bus. Authorities this afternoon released pictures of them taken by surveillance cameras at the Haymarket Square and South Station subway stations. Officials activated an Amber Alert at 10:44 a.m. in a search that now includes federal immigration officials, the FBI, and authorities in New York, where Petitbois once lived.

"We believe the children are at high risk," Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett said this afternoon at a press conference. He added: "Our witnesses have led us to believe that the children and their mother were taken against their will."

Blodgett said that Petitbois and his wife, Louna Eveillard, 26, entered the United States in 1999 through New York. The couple has four children who range in age from 3 years to 11 months, but their relationship has recently been "tenuous," Blodgett said.

Lynn police were called to 99 High Rock St. at 1:02 a.m. and found Greenland Etienne, 33, suffering from a stab wound to the face. She was taken to a Boston hospital and pronounced dead. Witnesses told police that Petitbois took his family captive and fled.

Etienne lived at the apartment where she was killed, Blodgett said. It appears there was a "social" relationship between her and Petitbois and his wife, but that remains under investigation. Police are still trying to determine where the mother and children live.

Prosecutors are seeking an arrest warrant for Petitbois for first-degree murder because they allege he "used a knife to … kill Greenland Etienne," Blodgett said.

Investigators originally thought Petitbois had escaped in a white Buick Roadmaster. That vehicle has been located and police say it was not involved in the crime.

Releasing the surveillance camera pictures taken this morning at Haymarket Square and South Station -- South Station being a hub where people can connect from the subway to intercity trains and buses -- authorities said this afternoon that the investigation had expanded to include the New York City area.

Eveillard has a fresh injury to one of her hands and may be wearing a bandage and in need of medical attention. She has been described as a black woman with a slender build and short hair. She speaks broken English and is of Haitian descent.

Petitbois is a black male with black hair worn in cornrows and dreadlocks. When last seen, he had a beard.

The children were identified as Ryan Petitbois, 3, Lyndsey Petitbois, 2, Lauren Petitbois, 1, and Roddick Petitbois, 11 months.

"Rodlyn Petitbois is extremely dangerous and we are asking the public's assistance apprehending him," Blodgett said. "We also ask that they do not approach him if they believe they have found him. Call 911 and the district attorney's office for assistance."
 

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Missing Kids In Amber Alert Found Safe In N.Y.

Father Arrested In Brooklyn, Charged With Murder
BOSTON (WBZ) ― Four children in a two-state Amber Alert have been found safe in New York. The children were allegedly taken by their father from a murder scene in Lynn early Wednesday morning. He has been arrested and charged with murder.

Authorities in New York found the children safely at Union and Franklin Avenue in Brooklyn Wednesday evening where they had been spotted earlier in the day.

The children, all ages 3 and younger, were taken sometime after 1 a.m. in the area of 99 High Rock Street in Lynn, where a woman was found stabbed to death in her home. Police later released surveillance video of the family at South Station where it's believed they took a bus to New York City.

Rodlyn Petitbois, 25, is charged in the woman's murder. Police say he took his four children and their mother, Louna Eveillard, 26, from the scene against their will. Authorities said Petitbois may have been armed and is dangerous.

"We believe (Eveillard) was not a willing participant," State Trooper Eric Benson told WBZ.

Police arrested Petitbois in Brooklyn and charged him with the murder of 33-year-old Greenland Etienne, who was stabbed in the face. He was arrested around 6 p.m. while walking down the street by the Brooklyn Homicide Unit, police said. Eveillard and the four children were found a short time later in a Brooklyn apartment.

Late Wednesday afternoon, police expanded their search into the New York City metropolitan area where they believe the family traveled to by bus from Boston. Petitbois and Eveillard have last known addresses in Brooklyn and were believed to have been in the vicinity of 534 Flatbush Ave. at 1:40 p.m.
Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett said investigators received a report of a sighting of the family in Boston's Haymarket Square Wednesday morning, which led investigators to surveillance video of the family at South Station.

Police also released a surveillance image of Rodlyn Petitbois alone at Haymarket Station Wednesday morning.

The children are identified as Ryan Petitbois, a black male, age 3; Lyndsey Petitbois, a black female, age 2; Lauren Petitbois, a black female, age 1; and Roddick Petitbois, a black male, age 11 months.

The children were not wearing any shoes in the surveillance video and Eveillard, who had suffered a significant fresh injury to her left hand, was seen wearing a bandage.

Police said the kids were taken from a murder scene where Etienne was stabbed in the face. She died a short time later at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Etienne was a mother of four children.

"She was a good mother, and she was a good sister to me, too," said Etienne's brother, Steven Etienne. "She was a good person. That's what I want to people to know about her."

Steven Etienne said his sister died trying to protect her friend, Louna Eveillard, when she was attacked by Petitbois.

Etienne said he found his sister on the floor in the Lynn house after she had been stabbed.

Blodgett said authorities believe there was a "social" relationship between Greeland Etienne and Petitbois but that link was still being investigated.

According to court documents, Petitbois assaulted Louna Eveillard three weeks ago and that Eveillard feared he would kill her. She then took the children to stay at the High Rock Street residence. According to the documents, Petitbois had since been looking for them.

Police said Petitbois, 25, came to the United States in 1999 through New York, and state and New York City authorities have been put on notice and eventually issued their own Amber Alert when the family was spotted in Brooklyn.

The FBI and immigration authorities also are investigating. Blodgett did not specify Petitbois' home country or immigration status.

Blodgett said Petitbois did not have a local criminal history, and had a government-issued photo identification but not a driver's license.


(© 2008 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)


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Wow...glad I gave that out to our guys this morning...Wasn't sure they'd be coming through CT, but still, glad I gave it out!
 

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NYPD nabs man accused of killing woman in Mass.

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NEW YORK -- New York City police say a man accused of killing a woman in a Massachusetts apartment did not abduct his four children and their mother when he fled with them, as was first thought.
Authorities had said they believed Rodlyn Petitbois abducted the family from the Massachusetts apartment where another woman was found fatally stabbed.
Police now say it appears the children and their mother were not held against their will. They say Petitbois was arrested on a Brooklyn street Wednesday and that the children and their mother were found in good health in a Brooklyn park. Police say the woman is not believed to be an accomplice.
Massachusetts prosecutors say Petitbois is expected to be arraigned on a murder charge in Brooklyn on Thursday.

http://www1.whdh.com/news/articles/local/BO83744/
 

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The murder scene - 99 High Rock Street in Lynn.
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Mother In Lynn Amber Alert Wanted By Police

LYNN (AP) ― Authorities who originally said a woman was kidnapped along with her four children by a man accused in a fatal slaying are now seeking a warrant for her arrest.

Louna Eveillard
WBZ

Police say Louna Eveillard helped her boyfriend flee to New York City with their four young children after he allegedly stabbed to death a friend in Lynn.

The family is seen here in surviellance images at South Station Wednesday.
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Rodlyn Petitbois was arrested Wednesday in Brooklyn and was being returned to Massachusetts to face charges of first-degree murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

On Friday, Lynn police sought an arrest warrant for the 26-year-old Eveillard for allegedly helping her boyfriend hide.

The Daily Item of Lynn reports police in New York City are now searching for Eveillard.

http://wbztv.com/local/Louna.Eveillard.Rodlyn.2.785335.html
 

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NY police arrest mom of kidnapped Lynn children

BOSTON - A mother who was initially labeled a kidnapping victim was arrested today in New York on a warrant charging her with helping her boyfriend flee after a fatal stabbing.
Authorities said Louna Eveillard repeatedly lied to investigators after she and her four small children were found Wednesday in New York City. Her boyfriend, Rodlyn Petitbois, was arrested later that day, also in New York.
Petitbois, 25, was being returned to Massachusetts to face charges of first-degree murder and assault and battery. He is accused of stabbing Greenland Etienne, 33, to death during a fight early Wednesday in Lynn, a city about 15 miles north of Boston.
Witnesses had told authorities that Eveillard, 26, went to her friend Etienne's home to escape abuse from Petitbois. They said that after he went there Tuesday, he cut Eveillard twice on the hand and killed her friend, then took her and the children away against her will.
Authorities issued an Amber Alert, and video surveillance that day showed the mother and children with Petitbois in a Boston bus station. The search led them to New York City.
However, on Friday, an arrest warrant was issued after Lynn police said Eveillard had repeatedly lied to investigators in Brooklyn about the sequence of events, even denying that she had been cut twice on her hand. The warrant accused her of being an accessory after the fact.
Eveillard was arrested without incident on a street corner in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn early Friday afternoon, New York police said. The four children were staying with relatives in Brooklyn, according to New York police.
Mary Gianakis, director of Framingham-based Voices Against Violence, said it's not unusual for victims of domestic violence to act in contradictory ways. They may not be trying to protect their assailants, but themselves.
"The message is very clear to her: To do anything other than appear to support him would result in escalated violence against her," Gianakis said.
Lynn Police and the New York Police Department referred all questions to Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett's office. But his office said Blodgett would not comment.

http://bostonherald.com/news/region...e_warrant_for_mom_of_kidnapped_Lynn_children/
 

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Mary Gianakis, director of Framingham-based Voices Against Violence, said it's not unusual for victims of domestic violence to act in contradictory ways. They may not be trying to protect their assailants, but themselves.
"The message is very clear to her: To do anything other than appear to support him would result in escalated violence against her," Gianakis said.

Oh puhleeze!

I think they rather enjoy the drama.

(I'd never make it as an abuse counselor.)

Grow up and take responsibility for those four kids. My hard earned tax dollars are supporting them and I'd like them to grow up, get jobs, and return the favor.
good luck
 
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