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Monday, March 6, 2006

Ex-con bouncer, Darryl Littlejohn, prime suspect in Imette St. Guillen Murder

updated 11:35 p.m.

St. Guillen poster

Since about 6 p.m. the momentum in the case for charging Darryl Littlejohn with this crime has slowed. He remains at a Brooklyn police station on Monday night Fox News is reporting. Police still are not technically calling him a suspect, but forensics teams are scouring the house where he lives with his aunt, Addie Harris, 50, who was interviewed by Fox News.

The definition and distinction between suspect, prime suspect, potential suspect, person of interest, witness, and innocent citizen seems to have completely disappeared from police procedure. These days it looks like you are either innocent or arrested and charged, nothing in between for fear of making a PR blunder. Littlejohn is probably being held on some type of parole violation. Reportedly merely working in a bar or in his case after a 7 9 p.m. curfew is considered a parole violation.

Reports regarding Littlejohn having scratch marks are mixed. One earlier report said he apparently did not have any scratch marks on his body. If true, an issue that would seem to give investigators pause. However, another more recent report from a "NY reporter" says he did have scratch marks on his neck. New item: WBZ-TV Boston reported that the bouncer was the only employee who would NOT give DNA and he has a scratch on his neck.

A discussion point, during the Nancy Grace Show on Fox News, was that Littlejohn who has talked to a female NY Daily News reporter [Veronika Belenkaya] knew that Ms. Guillen had exactly two drinks at The Falls bar. The fact he also knew that she did not finished the second drink certainly indicates that he was watching her very closely. Why?


From The NY State Department of Correctional Services:

81B0202 - LITTLEJOHN, DARRYL - MALE - Born: 10/11/1964
Race/Ethnicity: BLACK

BLAZE, JONATHAN -alias
HANDSOME, JOHN -alias
WELLS, DAMON -alias
BANKS, DARRYL -alias

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The case against The Falls bouncer, Darryl Littlejohn, described as a "thug, a hardened criminal still on parole for a robbery," seems to be coming together very quickly in the last 18 hours.

The NY Post has the latest:
...cops now believe that the bouncer likely tried to have sex with the inebriated young woman and, when she resisted, he panicked and killed her, sources said.

The suspect - an iron-pumping 41-year-old who lives with his aunt in Queens - was being questioned by cops at the 75th Precinct station house last night, sources said..

Sources said the man's cellphone had been tracked to the Belt Parkway area, near where St. Guillen's body was found.

Plastic wrapping tape and wires - similar to those found on St. Guillen's body - also were discovered in the basement of the popular bar, the sources said. Further tying a worker to the case is the fact that a cat lives in the basement of the establishment, and cat hairs were found on the blanket, they said.

The suspect has a long criminal history that includes charges of armed robbery, bank robbery, drugs and grand larceny, the sources said, adding that he has been in and out of prison.

The night that St. Guillen vanished, she had started out partying with a friend at the Pioneer Bar on the Bowery. But the pal eventually left, and St. Guillen continued alone to The Falls about four blocks away.

She drank more there, and soon appeared so inebriated that the owner asked the bouncer to have her leave, sources said.

Previously, witnesses, including workers at The Falls had told cops that she left alone, the sources said.

But a lawyer for the owner of the bar called detectives over the weekend and told them he had other information, the sources said. After questioning, police learned that the bouncer left with the young woman and never returned, they said...

The Falls - bouncer checking ID?
The above photo is from The Falls website. They say it was taken during The Falls Katrina Benefit on Sept. 22, 2005. It appears to be an unidentified bouncer checking ID.

The CYA Effect -

Were Jack Dorrian & his family, the owners of The Falls, motivated to investigate this case and take action for economic reasons? Was having their lawyer alert the police an action taken to limit the Dorrian's future exposure to a wrongful death lawsuit by the family of Ms. St. Guillen?

If Mr. Dorrian's employee is responsible for the murder of Ms. Guillen then who knows what kind of liability a court would assess. There is also the issue of continuing to serve alcohol to a possibly inebriated Ms. Guillen. Did looking into the alcohol consumption issue regarding Ms. Guillen result in the closer scrutiny of Mr. Littlejohn's actions? Jack Dorrian's son, Jimmy, reportedly manages the day-to-day operations of his bars.

Mr. Dorrian has a history with another high profile murder case. His Dorrian's Red Hand Restaurant on the upper East Side of Manhattan was associated with the notorious Robert Chambers - Preppy Murder of 1986. He was sued in that case.

Wikipedia reported:
[Jack Dorrian] The owner of Dorrian's Red Hand came to a private settlement with Levin's parents on their claim that they had served alcohol to Chambers in excess.

One news source added this factoid:
The Falls, a chic nightspot in the SoHo district of Manhattan, is believed to have violated the law as well. New York State law requires anyone functioning as security be registered, fingerprinted, investigated and trained before becoming security for any establishment. Mr. Littlejohn's criminal record would have precluded him from working as a bouncer/security guard.

Perhaps it's way too premature, but an interesting question is if the Dorrian's tip to the police results in a conviction what is their status regarding the $42,000 reward?

Finally, what's up with the way NYPD handled this case
?

Links:
Imette St. Guillen - Where was she grabbed? Was it the bouncer? [TJN]
Imette St. Guillen - Brutal NYC Student Rape, Murder Mystery [TJN]

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