The heinous murder of Imette St. Guillen shocked the collective conscience and souls of all. The sadistic rape and murder of Imette and the manner in how she was found instills not only fear that the perpetrator has not yet been arrested, but also the will and drive for all to find those responsible and bring them to justice.
Police and investigators have been piecing together the last steps of Imette St. Guillen on that terrible night as she went with friends from the Pioneer to The Falls.
Until yesterday, the last sighting of St. Guillen was about 3 a.m. last Saturday, when friends she had been drinking with left The Pioneer. She left a short time later with another friend, a woman, and made a 3:40 a.m. phone call to one of the friends whom she had been with earlier.
Imette St. Guillen went to The Falls, a trendy SoHo hot spot, after drinking earlier at another bar, The Pioneer, with friends, police said.
If this horrific crime was not bad enough it also has a connection to a past crime that swept NYC many years ago; the Central Park/Robert Chambers and Jennifer Levin murder.
But interviews with workers at The Falls, which is eerily operated by the same owners of Dorrian’s Red Hand – the Upper East Side watering hole made infamous as the place where convicted Central Park killer Robert Chambers met his victim, Jennifer Levin, in 1986 – did not appear to move detectives any closer to finding out who killed St. Guillen.
The focus of police has turned to the bouncer of The Falls, ex-con Darryl Littlejohn, 41.
Police say the bouncer, identified in reports as 41-year-old Darryl Littlejohn, is a parolee with convictions for armed robbery, gun possession and drugs under multiple names — but no record of sex crimes. Police confirm that Littlejohn is a potential suspect but said he was not under arrest.
Cops got a search warrant after telling a judge that cell phone records put Littlejohn at his home at 5 p.m. on Feb. 25 – and place him an hour later near the secluded Brooklyn spot where St. Guillen’s body was found that night, sources said.
Now it is learned that the bouncer, Darryl Littlejohn, and Imette St. Guillen argued after booting her from a tony SoHo tavern.
A brawny bouncer with a violent history argued with grad student Imette St. Guillen after booting her from a tony SoHo tavern the morning she disappeared – and bar staffers later heard a muffled scream, law-enforcement sources said yesterday. Cops now believe that the bouncer, ex-con Darryl Littlejohn, 41, could be the sadistic fiend who murdered St. Guillen – as probers yesterday combed his Queens home looking for evidence that she may have been slain there.
After nearly of week of stating that St. Guillen was served two drinks before she glanced at a note and walked out of the bar alone has now shockingly changed his story to a much different one where St. Guillen was forcibly removed from the bar out a side door.
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.
A much different story indeed.
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.
The Detectives theories are as follows:
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 (153-26 121st Ave)
Her fingernails were partially torn off, indicating she put up a fierce fight. Her head had been wrapped in tape like a mummy.
Meanwhile, Littlejohn showed up for work at 9:30 that night – with a scratch on the back of his neck, sources said.
Sources to the investigation are also saying that there may be cell phone records placing Littlejohn near the area where St. Guillen’s ravaged body was found.
The official said investigators have cell phone records possibly linking the bouncer to the spot where St. Guillen was found. The records show his phone was used in the same vicinity about two hours before police – responding to an anonymous 911 from a public phone – discovered her naked and bound body.
What is never a good sign is when your own relative does not give one a glowing endorsement. Addie Harris, Littlejohn’s Aunt was asked whether he what she though and could it be possible that her nephew could be involved in something so heinous.
“I pray that it wasn’t him. The young lady was somebody’s daughter, somebody’s sister,” said Littlejohn’s aunt Addie Harris, caretaker of the 121st Ave. home where the bank robber with a long rap sheet lives.
She said she didn’t think her nephew – once branded a violent “menace to society” by a state Parole Board – was capable of murder. “That’s not a characteristic of him . . . not this,” she said. “I don’t know. But anybody is capable of anything.”