June 3rd, 2010
01:17 PM ET

Interpol: Joran van der Sloot arrested in Santiago

Joran van der Sloot is being investigated in connection with the death of Stephany Flores Ramirez, right, and was a suspect in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway.

[Updated at 1:13 p.m.] Joran van der Sloot has been arrested and is in police custody in Santiago, Chile, an Interpol spokesperson in Santiago told CNN.

Van der Sloot, who was previously considered a suspect in the 2005 disappearance of Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway in Aruba, is the main suspect in this week's slaying of 21-year-old Stephany Flores Ramirez, officials said. She was was found Wednesday in a Lima, Peru, hotel room registered to van der Sloot. Chilean police told CNN that paperwork showed that van der Sloot entered Chile on Wednesday.

Peruvian Interior Minister Octavio Salazar Miranda said Thursday that Peru has made arrangements with Interpol to extradite van der Sloot.

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[Updated at 12:33 p.m.] Chilean investigators have told CNN Chile that Joran van der Sloot was spotted in Arica, Chile, near the Peruvian border and they believe he may still be there.

[Posted at 11:59 a.m.] Peruvian authorities investigating a young woman's slaying this week are working with officials from Interpol, Chile, Argentina and Colombia in the search for Joran van der Sloot, a Dutch man previously considered a suspect in the 2005 disappearance of Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway, the Peruvian justice minister said Thursday.

There is "incriminating evidence" linking van der Sloot to the killing of 21-year-old Stephany Flores Ramirez, who was found with multiple stab wounds in a Lima hotel room Wednesday, Cesar Guardia Vasquez, of Chile Interpol's criminal investigations unit, said at a news conference.

The hotel room where Flores was found was registered in van der Sloot's name, he said.

A hotel guest and an employee witnessed the pair entering the hotel room together at 5 a.m. on Sunday, Guardia said.

Police have video of the previous night, May 29, of van der Sloot and Flores together at the Atlantic City Casino in Lima, he said.

According to immigration officials, van der Sloot fled to Chile over land on Monday, Guardia said.

"We have all the evidence to show that the killer is this man," the victim's father, businessman and race-car driver Ricardo Flores told CNN en Español.

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  1. geno

    I have been to aruba before before the Halloway murder. But i would never go there again because of the corrupt way the police handled Van der Sloot case. I hope aruba sinks to the bottom of the carribean sea.

    June 4, 2010 at 3:55 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tom K

      Gino

      Most of the people in aruba are very nice and kind. Why deprive yourself of one of the best islands in the world and the good people of Aruba income. The crooked politicians and judges should fry, not the hard working Arubans

      June 4, 2010 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mark

    I am offended. Someone must pay!

    June 4, 2010 at 10:00 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Tom K

    Aruba should have done thier job 5 years ago. If they did this girl would still be alive. How sad he was out of jail to kill again

    June 4, 2010 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. el indio atlacatl

    well Pay back is a bi.............tch and he will be in the peruvians prisons where the law of the gangs rule, he would wish to die, and hope they torture and beat the hell of this rapist. it wont be the lone when he would be someone Bi>>>>>>>>>>>>tch and hope the rest of u miserable life be a living hell for u puck ass f?????ag to pay back just a little for all the girls that u kill and i dont think where those only

    June 6, 2010 at 5:42 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Bos

    Looks like were back in the dark ages again, have you people ever heard of innocent until PROVEN guilty! You all look like revenge driven, non-thinking, barbarians.

    June 7, 2010 at 6:19 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Vince

    Okay, it's a strange kid. But I believe this is a big cover up... No one can be that stupid (a murder in a hotelroom that's on your name, exact 5 years after Aruba)

    June 7, 2010 at 10:40 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. TheClock

    TomK, What exactly would you have the Aruban government do? They have no physical evidence. None. They have tried several times to arrest and re-arrest the two brothers and juran, hoping to find some shred of evidence to make something stick. We honor "no body, no crime" in America too. Innocent until proven guilty...no matter how bad they stink. No body, no physical evidence, no eye-witness, no self-admission- no crime. The self-admission we got off that sting with peter de vries cant be used because he was under the influence of pot.

    June 7, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. TheClock

    No one has been arrested for the murder of Jimmy Hoffa. No body was ever found. Should we assume he is still alive somewhere? like miss. Holloway? Somebody murdered Hoffa just as someone was directly responsible for acts leading up to miss Holloway's dimise. This investigation will be hindered based on lack of evidence, chiefly no body.

    June 7, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Beetle

    How about a game show? "Who wants to flip the switch on Van DerSloot"

    June 9, 2010 at 9:03 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Denise Lynne

    I am just an American but I hope he pays for his sins in prison. Sloot is a murderer and should die in prison the way he killed those young girls with no mercy. I don't believe in the death penalty but in this case I thing he will get it in the hands of other prisoners. Let justice4 be done for a cold hearted physco path that has no mercy for live.

    June 15, 2010 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Denise Lynne

    What does this have to do with oil spill? We are talking about a crazy killer. The oil spill is another subject.

    June 15, 2010 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. nena

    This is for Joran Van Der Sloot's lawyer: PLEASE ASK THE PERUVIAN AUTHORITIES, WHY THEY ALLOW JORAN TO COME TO PERU WITHOUT SUPERVISION BY KNOWN THAT THIS GUY HAS A BAD REPUTATION. WHY THE PERUVIAN IMMIGRATION DID NOT REPORT HIS ENTRANCE TO THE POLICE TO MONITOR ALL HIS MOVEMENTS AND THIS TRAGEDY WILL NOT HAPPENED, STEPHANIE WILL BE ALIVE TODAY IF THE PERUVIAN DO THEIR JOB. GOD BLESS ALL FAMILY. WE AS PARENTS HAVE ALSO TO EDUCATE OUR GIRLS TO NOT GO OUT WITH STRANGERS AND DRINKING WHEN GOING TO A FOREIGN COUNTRY OR POSSIBLE TRAVEL WITH OUR GIRLS.

    June 19, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. blackyb

    God didn't let or not let Joran kill anyone. He did it with his own free will. He has no Spirit of God in him, apparently. He has the lusts for the world in him and that is the wages for how he lives. Sin is but for a season. The Ten Commandments should be taugt and posted in schools. Educators and their Administration are trying to set an Agenda that is against God and think they are too smart and too good for God. Time is on God's side.

    March 14, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Bailey

    Don't be stupid.... this has nothing to do with a oil spill or the president. Crawl back under the rock you came from

    June 3, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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