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. Jude

    Humanity has it's extremes. brilliant and mentally challenged. Olympians and physically challenged. Mother T and Hitler. And everythng in between. This is why we have cages for those that harm man and society. Cage with no tv,internet and books. Nothing. Offer a pill to end it if they so please daily.

    June 3, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. wcb2009

    Maybe after we chop his fat head off we could use it to jam up that pipe in the Gulf!

    June 3, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chuckie

      OUTSTANDING!!! But what would you still do with BP??????

      June 3, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  3. JS

    Actually, this guy is such a weasel, with such an ego that he wouldn't take his own life. Look at how cavalier he was after the Holloway disappearance. Justice will be served this time, either way. It's just unfortunate that he was not incarcerated sooner.

    June 3, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  4. fred astaire

    Easy to fix the problem now. Once identified, shoot on site and dump into the ocean. Fitting end.

    June 3, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ladyvirtue

    Natalie's going to have justice through Stephany. Sad. Terribly sad. Get him Chile!!!!!

    June 3, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Enrique

    sorry Sarah, I ment Deborah, she knows what I am talking about.

    June 3, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Deborah

      No I don't actually. Where have I said that I love Joran. Look up my comment to see what I think of him. That kid should be thrown in jail and rot there. The comment on my mom being from Aruba was to someone talking about the languages people from Aruba are fluent in.

      June 3, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Chuckie

    A young born Serial Killer. Give him old Sparky!!!!!

    June 3, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Adriana

    They got him in Chile !!!

    June 3, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. aubrie

    I can't even fathom what it would be like to be his mother.... To know that I gave birth to such a monster, and that my husband helped him get away with it the first time. I wouldn't be able to live with myself.

    June 3, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • fred astaire

      I would bet mama is in denial. It is too easy to blame everyone else. Probably some Dutch kindergarten teacher will be drug into this mess as a bad influence at an early age.

      June 3, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Tom

    Dutch newspaper website Telegraaf reports Joran has been arrested a short while ago by the police in Chile

    June 3, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  11. jryan

    This makes me wonder how many girls are dead we don't know about due to this guy.

    June 3, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Adam

    Stephany Flores' death is exactly (to the day) 5 years after Natalee Holloway disappeared. Sounds like this guy is an international serial killer.

    June 3, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  13. debbie

    So, I see the AM Breaking news says, he committed suicide near Peruvian Border......we should only be so lucky. Natalee's mom may finally have some closure and this world is rid of this rude, arrogant, narcissistic murderer. His father helped him last time around and now daddy couldn't be there, so alas he had no where to turn. If anyone travels to Aruba again, after what they did in the Natalee Holloway case......and now another young girl is dead and who knows, how many others.......they should have their head examined. That government helped in the cover up to save their tourism. Hallalujah that this monster is dead and if he isn't, he will be soon.

    June 3, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dennis

    Joran is arrested

    June 3, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  15. aubrie

    Woo hoo!!!! They nabbed him. Let's hope that Peruvian justice is swift.

    June 3, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • confused

      It wont be swift, they will milk him for all they can. Most likely the trial will take 3 years (no bail so he will be in prison for all this time) and then he will get a sentence between 10 to 35 years (i will bet something closer to 10 than to 35) and unless he pays, he will be in a prison in which he will end up either dead or beaten to a pulp on a regular basis.

      June 3, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
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