Darryl Littlejohn, the bouncer of The Falls bar, today pleaded not guilty to the first degree murder charge against him in the death of Imette St. Guillen.
Suspect pleads not guilty to first-degree murder.
NEW YORK (CNN) — A nightclub bouncer has been formally charged in the slaying of a New York graduate student, the Brooklyn district attorney’s office said Thursday.
The office said Darryl Littlejohn has been indicted on one count of first-degree murder and two counts of second-degree murder. He entered not guilty pleas during his arraignment Thursday afternoon.
Fox News is reporting that Darryl Littlejohn, The Falls bouncer, has been indicted for Murder of Imette St. Guillen. The heinous murder and rape of Imette St. Guillen shocked the collective conscience and souls of all.
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Grand Jury Indicts Littlejohn in Murder of N.Y. Grad Student
NEW YORK — A bouncer with a long rap sheet has been charged with murder in the death of a graduate student from Boston who was savagely raped, strangled and dumped last month in a desolate area of Brooklyn, a law enforcement official said Wednesday.
Littlejohn indicted in St. Guillen murder
Littlejohn, 41, will be arrested at Riker’s Island tonight where he is being held on probation violations, sources tell the Herald today.
He will then be booked and fingerprinted at the 75th Precinct in Brooklyn, not far from the deserted area where St. Guillen’s body was found Feb. 25.
St. Guillen’s family is en route to New York City to be present at tomorrow’s arraignment of Littlejohn. New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly is also expected to hold a press conference tomorrow.
(The Boston Herald)
After being earlier ordered to be in a line up for a separate sexual assault than the Imette St. Guillen case, Darryl Littlejohn was not picked out of a lineup.
According to O’Donnell, the victim asked detectives to order each man in the lineup to shout “Shut up!” before concluding that her attacker was taller than any of them. Police had no immediate comment.
Darryl Littlejohn, a person of interest in the rape and murder of Imette St. Guillen is expected to be charged later today in another rape case.
The bouncer considered a person of interest in the slaying of a New York City graduate student is reportedly expected to be charged with rape in a separate case today as tests reveal that fibers found on the student’s body match those on a carpet taken from the potential suspect’s home.
Police also believe Littlejohn, 41, is connected to the rape of two women in Queens and one in Nassau County late last year. The New York Daily News reported that Littlejohn is expected to appear in court today and be charged in the Queens case. The alleged victim in that case, sources told the News, told police that she was abducted on Oct. 16, 2005, handcuffed and thrown into a van. There, she said, her attacker covered her face with a jacket, raped her and then dumped her onto the street.
The alleged victim, the News reported, identified Littlejohn as her attacker in a police lineup and recognized a van linked to him as a van used in her attack.
(More at ABC)
UPDATE: Judge rules for bouncer to appear in lineup for a separate sexual assault case
Just before noon, Darryl Littlejohn appeared before a Queens County criminal court judge that declared he would appear in a police lineup in connection with a second sexual assault case.
Eyewitness News reporter Ken Rosato explains why. He’s live outside the courthouse in Kew Gardens.
The court hearing before Judge Dorothy Chin-Brandt was to get a court order to put the suspect in a lineup regarding another sexual assault case in Queens, according to the Queens District Attorney’s Office, which requested the hearing.
Darryl Littlejohn, the “person of interest” in the Imette Saint Guillen murder case has now peaked the interest of a Queens district attorney.
Police Commissioner Kelly: “We’re not in a position to rule anything out.”
The Darryl Littlejohn spider web is beginning to branch out in all direction. First suspected as a “person of interest” in the rape and murder of Imette St. Guillen. Then a possible tie to previous sexual assaults in the NYC/Long Island area. Now a possible gang involvement as a hit man? You think the owners of The Falls bar wished they had spent $20 on and INTERNET background check at the very least?
A federal probe into Darryl Littlejohn’s suspected work as a hit man for a notorious New York drug gang has been hastily reassigned to a Long Island judge after cops began eying Littlejohn in the murder of Imette St. Guillen of Boston, according to a source and federal court records.
A source familiar with the investigation said authorities have been developing evidence that Littlejohn was involved in murders allegedly committed by a Queens gang formerly led by jailed drug kingpin Lorenzo “Fat Cat” Nichols.
Maybe The Falls should have examined his resume a little more carefully and actually cared who they exposed their patrons and the public to?
Littlejohn, a career con from Queens working as a bouncer at The Falls bar in Manhattan’s Soho district, remained jailed at Rikers Island on a parole violation yesterday as NYPD cops worked to develop evidence linking him to St. Guillen’s murder. The brutalized body of the 24-year-old Mission Hill woman was found Feb. 25, 17 hours after Littlejohn escorted her out of the Soho nightspot.
As the investigation continued yesterday, newly unearthed court documents revealed that Littlejohn committed an armed robbery in 1995 with a member of the Queens drug crews formerly controlled by “Fat Cat” Nichols – an infamously violent drug lord now in the federal witness protection program.
(Read more from the Boston Herald on Littlejohn’s past)
According to the Boston Herald, police have made a link to the bouncer from The Falls, Darryl Littlejohn, by matching carpet fibers from his home to ones found on the tape and blanket at the crime scene of Imette St. Guillen. It also appears that Littlejohn may also be charged in a previous sexual assault of another woman who picked him out of a photo array.
Detectives who executed a search warrant on the 41-year-old parolee’s Queens home on Monday removed a section of his red carpet. Fibers from it are “identical” to those found when St. Guillen’s brutalized body was located in a grimy section of Brooklyn on Feb. 25, several sources said.
“It’s a match. The same carpet threads were found in the packing tape and on the comforter,” a law enforcement official told the Herald. “We are continuing to collect evidence in the case and will probably charge him this week or early next. He’s not going anywhere.”
In addition, investigators told the Herald they recovered DNA that is not Littlejohn’s from a blanket taken from his home. Police are probing whether the DNA belongs to St. Guillen, sources said.
Is it possible that career criminal Darryl Littlejohn is responsible for previous sexual assaults? Evidence and accounts from previous rape victims seems to be showing a similarity in patter.
All three victims “told investigators he put a blanket over their heads, raped them and then wiped down their bodies with some sort of swabs,” said a ranking NYPD official. “The one victim picked him out in a photo lineup. The victims in the other two cases could not make a positive ID because their heads were covered.”
In a sketch released after the 19-year-old was attacked in October, the suspect is a bespectacled black man wearing a baseball cap reading “Fugitive Agency.” He was wearing black clothes and a windbreaker with the same words emblazoned in yellow on the back.
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.
Ex-Con’s Home Searched In Student Slay
Cops raid bouncer’s flat
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.
Bar owner could face legal action
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.”
(NY Daily News)