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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soundoff (532 Responses)
  1. tim

    Good they got the little weasel, I just hope he doesn't squirm his way out of this one.

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

    he has been caught in Chile. the PDI (the local FBI) did it a couple of hours ago, according to the local news. (developing story)

    June 3, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Steve in Texas

    Another failure by the justice system cost another woman her life.

    June 3, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Las Vegas

    IF Aruba AND his family had not covered up what happened with Natalie, then this young girl would still be alive. I wondered how many he would go on to kill.

    June 3, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    Good. Maybe this time, his father can't get him off.

    June 3, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bubba

      Um, you always seem to be way behind the times, Rick. Perhaps someone will inform you as to why this is unlikely to happen?

      June 3, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • sunsohot

      um..Rick...check the "latest" news....daddy died months ago.

      June 3, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Amy

    I bet he is wishing he had ended up in an american prison where someone would have held his hand...

    June 3, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Adam

    Latest news!! It was just on the news over here, they got Joran in custody!!
    Bye bye Mr Sickhead

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

    Joran's friend, we do make mistakes but murder? twice? the same day 5 years apart ?

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

    And let me be clear....This is Jarge Bush's fault

    June 3, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mike

    can someone say "firing squad?"

    June 3, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  11. vegashawk

    If Aruban authorities had done there job, this young lady would still be alive.

    June 3, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jennifer

    Glad to hear that he is in custody. Wonder just how many beautiful young woman he has murdered. One less sicko off the streets. Hope they hang him.

    June 3, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  13. mike

    The guy is a sociopath – that's what helped him wriggle out of the Holloway case. They have no remorse, which makes it hard to break them with threats or guilt trips – they just deny and evade with the straightest of faces. Authorities have no recourse except delivering concrete indisputable evidend. Hopefully charges will stick this time.

    June 3, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  14. mitchyj

    Hopefully he'll take a bullet before making us put up with his rich kid alibi.

    June 3, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jennifer

    Innocent until proven guilty. But I hate his personality - he is a typical Dutchman (Geert Wilders without the curls).

    June 3, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Arjen

      Hello Jennifer, your statement is correct. Innocent until guilty, but I hope this extermely sick guy will suffer in jail as much as possible, like some comments allready suggested. Need to correct you, but he's not at all "typical Dutch". He's just an absolute monster and deserves to die. If proven guilty! Lot's of decent people in The Netherlands that follow CNN as well 🙂

      June 3, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lars

      Please tell me what you consider a typical Dutchman? Geert Wilders and Joran van der Sloot are both 2 extremists which you'll see in every country.

      June 4, 2010 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
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