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Tuesday, March 7, 2006

NYPD builds case against Darryl Littlejohn for St. Guillen murder

updated 11:00 p.m.

Darryl Littlejohn mugshot (alias Jonathan Blaze)

Darryl Littlejohn
Mugshots of Darryl Littlejohn (alias Jonathan Blaze). Littlejohn recently served time for a 1995 bank robbery in Nassau County. He was denied parole in May 2004 but was conditionally released from the Fishkill Correctional Facility in Dutchess County in July 2004.

"Your violent and out-of-control behavior shows you to be a menace to society," the May 2004 board found. "Your continued incarceration remains in the best interest of society." Littlejohn had seven felony convictions and a criminal record stretching back nearly 25 years.
New details indeed - from the NY Post. This just gets worse and worse, in terms of The Falls owner, Michael J. Dorrian, and his behavior. Could he be charged with something - conspiracy, obstruction of justice, making a false statement, possibly even aiding and abetting a crime? Does participating in a cover-up like this constitute a felonious offense if your employee committed murder?

The new details in the chilling case surfaced as sources revealed how an owner of The Falls bar, along with one of its bartenders, took nearly a week to come clean over what they saw early Feb. 25, the day St. Guillen disappeared.

The bar owner, Michael J. Dorrian - scion of the famous New York tavern-owning family - had told investigators on numerous occasions that St. Guillen was served two drinks before she glanced at a note and walked out of the bar alone, sources said.

But the sources said Dorrian has since admitted that at the end of that night, he had actually ordered the 5-foot-7, 200-pound Littlejohn to "Get her out of here!" because St. Guillen was so drunk.

Dorrian told cops that Littlejohn hauled the petite, 25-year-old woman - a forensic-science student at John Jay College of Criminal Justice - out a side door of the building at 218 Lafayette St., law-enforcement sources said.

Dorrian and the unidentified bartender said that moments later, they heard arguing in a hallway just outside a door to the bar, the sources said. They then heard a scream from the same direction...

But an investigator said he suspects that Littlejohn, who is out on parole for armed robbery, may have viewed St. Guillen as a "wounded pigeon" as he tossed her out and forced her into a car parked nearby.

At one point, she may have been drugged, sources said.

Detectives believe that Littlejohn tried to force sex on her, and when she resisted, panicked and killed her, possibly inside his pad in Jamaica, Queens, sources said.

update 2:00 p.m.

The Falls bar

The story on what exactly happened at the 4:00 a.m. closing of The Falls bar changes in every new story about the St. Guillen murder. Now FoxNews.com is reporting this spin on the story:
But the bar's owner and his lawyer came forward late last week and revealed that he had ordered the bouncer, a 41-year-old parolee identified by news outlets as Darryl Littlejohn, to toss her out when she complained that she was not being allowed to finish a drink, the official said. The owner said he later overheard "some sort of arguing and a commotion" as the bouncer took the woman outside, the official said.

Amazing. Simply amazing and criminal that the bar's owner sat on this information for as long he did. It's still unclear if this owner is a Dorrian family member or the other co-owner identified as John Kekalos. Whoever it is they better have a good lawyer.

Witness: Slain NYC Coed Argued With Bouncer [Foxnews.com, Mar. 7, 2006]

Back on Mar. 2nd Newsday reported this about The Falls:
A manager at The Falls said no one recognized St. Guillen from her picture, and a co-owner, John Kekalos, said he knew little of the investigation.


You can easily see a scenario setting up where Mr. Littlejohn tells Ms. Guillen that he's sorry he has to toss her out of the bar. But, it's closing time and he's only following orders. After apologizing he offers to give her a ride home...

- still a possibility since one witness has said after Ms. Guillen was ejected from the bar she was seen calmly talking to Mr. Littlejohn as he sat in his blue van.

Yesterday the NYPD finally made an unofficial semi-formal statement about Darryl Littlejohn and his status regarding the Imette St. Guillen murder investigation:

"He is a suspect," a detective close to the case said early this morning. "He is our only suspect."

It seems like getting someone from NYPD to formally stand-up and call someone a "prime suspect" in a high profile case like this is unlikely until the moment they make an arrest. If Littlejohn is the NYPD's only suspect doesn't that make him the "prime suspect?"

NY Daily News - Cops raid bouncer's flat:
Meanwhile, a source said, a witness originally told cops that St. Guillen, who had been drinking, walked out of the bar on her own at 4 a.m. on Feb. 25.

The witness now says Littlejohn was ordered to escort the student outside as the gate was being pulled down at closing time. The two were seen talking outside the bar as Littlejohn sat in a van, sources said.

Cell phone records showed Littlejohn was at home about 5 p.m., sources said. The records also place him at 6 p.m. within a mile of where St. Guillen's body was dumped in a deserted area off the Belt Parkway, the sources said.

The NY Times gave this account of events at the 4 a.m Falls closing time:
The witness described how he went over to Ms. St. Guillen and told her to finish her drink, the official said. The witness said he told Mr. Littlejohn to make sure Ms. St. Guillen left the bar, according to the official.

The witness said he then went downstairs, and when he returned he heard a commotion in the hallway, the official said.

An investigator said that Ms. St. Guillen was later seen talking to Mr. Littlejohn outside the bar while he sat in the driver's seat of a blue van. Detectives are seeking to search 12 vehicles owned by employees and others associated with the bar.

If this witness is one of The Falls bar managers or owners then it sounds like they originally gave a false report, are obstructing justice, or mislead investigators. The Falls management's culpability was addressed in a Boston Herald story, Mar. 7th, - Bar owner could face legal action:
The owner of the New York bar where Imette St. Guillen of Mission Hill was drinking before she was killed faces a possible lawsuit over whether the bar acted negligently in the hours before she was kidnapped and brutalized, legal experts and others said.

Bar owner Jack Dorrian could face claims he failed to safeguard St. Guillen at his Soho nightspot and did not properly check the background of Darryl Littlejohn, 41, an ex-con bouncer being eyed in connection with her murder. New York police are questioning Littlejohn in the murder.

From the NY Times:
A co-owner of the Falls, John Kekalos, said yesterday that he had been cooperating with the police investigation and that he would continue to do so. "It is very unfortunate," he said of the murder.

Unfortunate is right. Maybe if The Falls ownership had fully cooperated last month there would be more evidence for the police to find.

Editorial: Why has it taken over a week to get to this point? Why? Why and how did NYPD miss noticing the 200-pound, scary-looking, heavily tatooed, ex-con, Darryl Littlejohn? The guy with a mile long rap sheet, a scratch mark on his neck, who drives a van, and who was the last person seen talking to the victim. The guy who was violating his parole by working at the bar. The guy who was hiding in plain sight when they started investigating this case last month. Why was there a serious breakdown in police procedure in checking this guy out?

The NY Post is currently the only main stream media outlet willing to call Darryl Littlejohn the "prime suspect" - PAROLE RULES BARRED BRUISER FROM JOB:
Darryl Littlejohn, the prime suspect in the sadistic slaying, had a 9 p.m. curfew and had no business being out of his Queens home in the early-morning hours of Feb. 25.

In fact, his parole officer knew nothing about Littlejohn's job as a bouncer at The Falls when they met twice last month.

"That was not approved employment," said Scott Steinhardt, a spokesman for the New York State Division of Parole. "We're looking into that."

That violation alone could be enough to send him back to prison, Steinhardt said.

Officials verified that Littlejohn, who was moonlighting at the bar as a bouncer, was working at an approved mortgage-lending company. Security consultants interviewed by The Post said anyone working security in an establishment has to be licensed by the state, a process that involves a 24-hour course and a fingerprint check.

Updated Imette St. Guillen murder case map, now showing location of Littlejohn residence at 153-26 121st Ave., South Jamaica, Queens. Here at Platial.com.

Imette St. Guillen murder case map

Darryl Littlejohn house, South Jamaica, Queens
Officers preparing to search Darryl Littlejohn's house on Monday, Mar 6th. They produced a search warrant indicating they were looking for about a dozen items that included blood, DNA, sand, and hair, according to Littlejohn’s aunt, Addie Harris. Littlejohn owns a Rottweiler and has a "Beware of the Dog" sign in front of his house, which is owned by Mr. Littlejohn's mother, Lucille Harris.

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