Suspect arrested in killing of Canadian priest
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – The Haitian police department says it has made an arrest in connection with the slaying of a Canadian member of a Catholic religious order last week.
Sixty-two-year-old Richard Joyal was gunned down Thursday just after he withdrew money from a bank in the capital of Port-au-Prince
Police spokesman Frantz Lerebours said Monday night that he couldn’t provide more details on the arrest.
Police have said Joyal was shot three times by a passenger on a motorcycle and the two sped off with his bag.
He had just withdrawn $1,000 at the bank, but authorities say they found the cash in his wallet.
Joyal was a religious brother with the Society of Mary, a congregation of priests and brothers known as the Marianists.
He worked as an administrator for the Canadian congregation in the Delmas district of Port-au-Prince.
The contents of Joyal’s billfold included a driver’s licence showing he was from Quebec.
There are about 1,200 Marianists in 38 countries.
Canada sharpened its travel advisory to Haiti in December, citing high crime rates in various parts of the country and ongoing political tensions.
– with files from The Canadian Press
© The Associated Press, 2013