Posted on April 7, 2024

Haitian Migrant Fatally Stabs His 2 Roommates Inside NY Apartment Before Deportation Hearing

Nicholas McEntyre, New York Post, April 5, 2024

A Haitian migrant allegedly murdered his two roommates in an apartment complex in the Hudson Valley as he was awaiting a federal deportation hearing.

Kenol Baptiste, 30, is accused of stabbing the two men in and around an apartment complex he was staying at in Middletown, NY, on Monday.

Kenol Baptiste

Kenol Baptiste


The alleged killer and his two victims, who were also from Haiti and spoke Creole, were reportedly acquaintances and had been living together in the apartment for less than a year.

“In follow-up with members of the community, we are learning that this group of individuals moved in there about a year ago,” Middletown Police Chief John Ewanciw told Mid Hudson News.


Local officials are asking how Baptiste got into the country in the first place.

Ewanciw said Baptiste entered the US about eight months ago and police are “still trying to track back how, where, when.”

Orange County Executive Steven Neuhaus said Baptiste was awaiting federal immigration proceedings at the time of the stabbings.

Neuhaus also blamed the Biden administration for the brutal deaths.

“This is a failure on all levels of the federal government,” Neuhaus told News12 Hudson Valley. “It was one of the most brutal murders that some law enforcement is reporting to us that they’ve seen.”