SANTIAGO, Dominican Republic – An illegal Haitian immigrant beat a Dominican man to death with a pick for supposedly selling him dog meat instead of goat meat, police said.
Jose Pie killed Ramon Antonio Rodriguez in Esperanza, a city in the northwestern province of Valverde.
Rodriguez got into a fight with several Haitians who were angry that they had eaten dog meat that had been sold to them as goat.
The Dominican threw a stone at Pie in the middle of the argument and fled.
Pie chased Rodriguez, found him in an Esperanza neighborhood and hit him several times in the head with the pick, killing him.
Police did not say whether Pie had been caught, but they noted that Rodriguez had problems in the past with several people who were sold dog and cat meat passed off as goat meat and chicken.
Authorities reported another violent crime involving Haitians in the northern Dominican Republic.
A Dominican woman was killed and her husband seriously wounded in the northern city of Moca by a Haitian who broke into their home to rob it.
Ana Estela Mendez, 70, was beaten to death, while her husband, Lucrecio Luna Franco, 72, was stabbed several times, police said.
Residents of Moca’s Estancia Nueva district said they planned to expel all the Haitians living in the area because they were behind most of the crimes being committed.
Dominican officials estimate that around 1 million Haitians live in the country, most of them illegal immigrants who work in agriculture and construction.
The Dominican Republic and Haiti share the Caribbean island of Hispaniola, with Haiti in the western portion. Though both countries are poor, Haiti is destitute, and Haitians cross the border to do work that many Dominicans will not do, such as harvesting sugar cane.
Haitians have been the target of mob violence numerous times in recent years, and the Dominican government has been widely criticized for its treatment of the migrants. EFE