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Two federal law enforcement agencies are investigating whether a former enlisted Marine pretended to be an officer to help an active duty infantryman smuggle arms into Haiti, according to court filings viewed by Task & Purpose.
Marine Sgt. Jacques Yves Sebastien Duroseau was detained by local police in Haiti after he landed at the international airport in Port-au-Prince on Nov. 12 with three plastic boxes containing guns, ammo, body armor, and a plan to train members of the Haitian military, the filings claim.
A federal criminal complaint filed on Nov. 27 in the Eastern District of North Carolina alleges that Duroseau was aided by a "known individual" who purchased his plane ticket, and helped him bring the weapons to the Coastal Carolina Regional Airport in New Bern, North Carolina for his flight on Nov. 11. That individual, according to a Nov. 22 affidavit in support of a search warrant of Duroseau's residence, is Taylor Hickey, a former Marine who lived with Duroseau in Jacksonville, North Carolina.
Hickey declined to comment when reached by Task & Purpose. Duroseau's attorney did not respond to a request for comment.
A Fort Bragg soldier is credited with saving the life of a pawn shop owner who had been shot in the leg by using a power tool cord as a tourniquet, according to an ABC News affiliate in North Carolina.
An airman at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base was arrested and charged with murder on Sunday after a shooting at a Raleigh night club that killed a 21-year-old man, the Air Force and the Raleigh Police Department said.
Eleven men have been assaulted near bars in Wilmington, North Carolina, prompting police to warn those who go out drinking late at night.
The men, including seven members of the military, were attacked in downtown Wilmington in eastern North Carolina around the time bars closed for the night, the city's police department said Wednesday in a Facebook post.
"Police have now identified four victims who may have been sexually assaulted," officials say.
The attacked servicemen were in the U.S. Army and Marine Corps, WITN reports.
A local Marine died early Saturday morning in a motorcycle crash.
Staff Sgt. Michael R. VanVliet, 36, of Hubert died at the scene of the single-vehicle crash that occurred about 1:20 a.m. on U.S. 258 near Jacksonville, according to the Highway Patrol.