- St. Petersburg, Florida -
- Durango Steak House Manager Stabbed to Death ! -
- The Suspect -
Wilson Saintil - Age 51
A Haitian Immigrant
- Husband, Father, Assistant Manager, Musician, Friend to Many - And Now He is Dead ! -
- The Victim -
Stephen Francis Holmes - Age 29
Married with one son, 8
Details of the Crime
In St. Petersburg, Florida, on Sunday, December 11, 2005, around 10:00 p.m., Wilson Saintil, 51, a Haitian refugee, stabbed Durango Steak House assistant manager, Stephen Francis Holmes, 29, to death. Mr. Holmes body was discovered by an exterminator who was making his regular rounds at around 12:00 midnight. Durango Steak House is located at 3901 4th Street, North. Holmes lived just seven blocks from the restaurant.
Burton Bullard, a Durango spokesman, said Holmes was a devoted husband and father who was promoted recently to assistant manager. Mr. Holmes lived together with his wife, Jennifer, and eight-year-old son, Mikey. The death of Holmes is the 31st homicide this year in St. Petersburg, the highest one-year total in the city since 1995. Investigators say they learned there was some missing cash from the restaurant, and it appears robbery was the motive. The suspect worked for several years as a maintenance man at the restaurant, and has a long criminal history. Stephen Holmes was buried on Saturday, December 17, 2005.
A judge ordered 51-year-old Wilson Saintil held without
bond and appointed him a public defender. Saintil is charged with first
degree murder in the death of 29-year-old Stephen Holmes.
Saintil, who was born in Haiti, has lived in Florida
since at least 1975. Records show that in 1982 he was convicted in
Miami-Dade County of robbery, aggravated assault and carrying a
Earlier Friday, police used a bloody fingerprint to link
Saintil to the crime, police Sgt. Mike Puetz said. Investigators watched
several locations, including the restaurant, where Saintil has a key.
See Original Articles
December 13, 2005: Steak House manager killed:
December 16, 2005: Police make arrest - Photos:
December 16, 2005: Arrest made:
December 17, 2005: Suspect appears in court:
December 17, 2005: Suspect is refugee from Haiti with long Police record:
December 17, 2005: States that Saintil served 4 years in prison.
A Google New Search turned up only 15 articles (many of them duplicates) from local news media. There was no national (or even regional) media coverage of this story. What should have made this story worthy of national media coverage is the fact that the perpetrator came from Haiti when he was 21 years old; he had a long police record, which included convictions in 1982 for robbery, aggravated assault, and carrying a concealed weapon, for which he served four years in prison. He was released in 1986 and placed on probation.
Saintil has been married and divorced at least three times; his last wife had to seek an injunction against him to protect herself. And, even though Saintil was a convicted felon, the Durango Restaurant chain hires him to do janitorial and maintenance work at restaurants whereby he is given the keys to these restaurants. I would say that this murder provides good reason to review their hiring policies. Wilson Saintil has been charged with first-degree murder, which makes him eligible for the death penalty in Florida, which does have capital punishment.
And so another young White person is killed by a Black male, and this time from Haiti, the premier breeding ground for violence in the Western Hemisphere. This case should serve as one more reason not to allow any immigration from Haiti. It is unconscionable that the US government should allow the immigration of any Black males into the USA, in light of the fact that we are having so many problems with the Black males that are already here.
Stephen Holmes knew Wilson Saintil for many years; Stephen thought they were friends and he was evidently too trusting. This is another lesson to be learned from this case: Black males are so lacking in conscience, and so lacking in character, that friendship, as White people understand it, does not exist for them. The most important thing for Black males is what they can get out of a situation for themselves - even if they have to kill a long-time friend to get it.
We can only repeat what we have so often stated: do not turn your back on a Black male - even if you think that he is your friend. It is truly sad that we have to issue such advice in a public forum, but we make such statements based on many case studies. Of course, this will not be true in all cases, but it is better to be safe than sorry. It is generally sound advice never to be too trusting, and this is particularly true when it comes to Black males. One can never be too cautious or too vigilant - your life may depend on it.
Yours Faithfully, Liberty