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. MarkNL

    ANP report capture of Joran bij Chile police

    June 3, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  2. hjs3

    I hear the fat lady warming up for this mofo......

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

    AMSTERDAM – Joran van der Sloot is gearresteerd. Dat meldt de Chileense politie. Hij was maandag vanuit Peru naar Chili gereisd. Van der Sloot wordt verdacht van de moord op een 21-jarige Peruaanse vrouw, die afgelopen zaterdag in zijn hotelkamer plaatsvond.
    Dont know much Dutch but just found this; also cnn confirming he's been arrested

    June 3, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. wink202

    Just heard they caught the little monster. GOOD. Now throw him under some jail and leave him there.

    June 3, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Dennis

    near Santiago

    June 3, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. e.heesbeen

    BREAKINGNEWS: Joran van der Sloot Arrested in Chile! (Breaking Broadcasting SBS6 tv netherlands)

    June 3, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Joran's friend

    Any man can make the allegation but evidence is the fact to proof. Joran is not bad person, the Holloway case was to stress full for him. We make mistakes in our lifes, all of people do.

    June 3, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom B

      Should I have my sarcaso-meter on for this one, or are you SERIOUS?

      June 3, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • aubrie

      LOT'S OF PROOF. My advice to you? Pick better friends.

      June 3, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • fred astaire

      If you are serious and your web name is true, you are an enabler and should be brought in for questioning. Right after a mental exam beginning at you rear end where your brain is located. If you are not being facetious that is.

      June 3, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Really??

      So, let's just say he DIDN"T kill Halloway, but he has been under enough stress because of that to kill another girl?? And that is alright with you because we all make mistakes?? UMMM murder is NOT a mistake!!

      June 3, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • sunsohot

      HOLY CRAP!! Get thyself to a shrink!!

      June 3, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • jeanie

      if you are for real..telling the truth, though if you're a friend of Joran (or as I like to call him,..Urine..telling the truth is probably foreign to you. If you truly think you are a friend then he's snowed you with his sociopathic charm. They have EVIDENCE...his skin under Stephany's fingernails. If when you see the evidence you still believe what you said, then you are yet another person who proves that humans are capable of believing ANYthing they want to in the face of ANY proof to the contrary. WHY do you think so many family members, neighbors, coworkers say they can't believe it when someone they know does something horrible; because people are complex and are not PURE EVIL or SHINING KNIGHTS IN ARMOR, they are mixed and the face they show you may be completely different than the one they show in private.

      June 4, 2010 at 2:15 am | Report abuse |
  8. onions02

    Last minute: there are reports from Chile that he was capture on a cab tryiing
    to go to Viña del Mar, Viña del Mar is south of Arica deep into Chile

    June 3, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  9. kilo

    He's too much of a coward to kill himself. Hopefully the Peruvian inmates will do it for him.

    June 3, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Tom B

    Looks like they just caught him. Now lets see how he does in a country that is NOT a Dutch colony, without the protection of his wealthy father. He's toast.

    June 3, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Christen

    I agree with Dorothy....I'm wondering too now how many other young women have died at the hands of this monster. He's been free to roam the world at will with a passport and an unlimited expense account, it makes me wonder what other unsolved murders are related to him, and if he is really somme sort of a serial killer. I do think he's too arrogant to kill himself, and I think he plans on buying his way out of South America. I just hope someone whether it be police or who ever catches him before he slips through the cracks and gets away with it....again!

    June 3, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  12. brad1001

    A lifetime in a South American prison sounds about right for this monster.

    June 3, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  13. earthling

    we all know this spoiled rich punk is guilty. and as the saying goes – "men are what their mothers make them" his mother and father are both guilty of turning their son into a serial killer. thank god daddy is dead and cannot pay off the judges and authorities this time around. the case in aruba needs to be reopened, as we all know he is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. i say, lock him up for life or better yet... firing squad!

    June 3, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jack

    About Peruvian prisons. It is true male prisons are hell, the worst of the worst. Female prisons on the other hand, follow international standards, are clean and well administrated. I do not know why such a big difference. What I do know is that I am happy that this criminal is male, so he will go to the depths of hell for 35 years. Welcome back to Peru, Joran van der Sloot, a "nice" cell is waiting for you. You shall pay for what you did to Natalee, Stephany and probably other innocent girls.

    June 3, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Adam

    Rest assured, he won't be able to go anywhere, and if he succeedes in traveling to Amsterdam, he will not have a life over here and will be hunted down by everyone, legal forces and citizens. Whole the Netherlands was already done with this sick person, but this is the well known drip that flows over the bucket.
    If he's smart then he turns himself.

    June 3, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
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