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. Tom

    He was caught in Viña del Mar in Chile.

    June 3, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Rebecca

    Wow. Caught! Can't wait to find out what happens to him....

    June 3, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • mj blondin

      Just pull up Peru jails.....this is what will happen to him.........!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      June 3, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Meli

    I hope he left some damning proof this time!

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

      He did. He left the body of the unfortunate young woman in his hotel room....repeatedly stabbed and brutally beaten.

      Nice boy.

      June 3, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Terri Ham

    I hope Joran suffers every indignity possible before he receives his "final justice"!! RIP Natalee & Stephany!!

    June 3, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. mj blondin

    Joran Van Der Sloot.............ok now pull up Peru jails..................KARMA BABY!

    June 3, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. mitchyj

    Let us hope Peru has the death penalty. Go Peru!

    June 3, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Anonymous

    Woohoo!!! Van der Sleez is in police custody!!

    June 3, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Cynthia Stauder

    The Parents of Natalie will finally be able to see justice. It had to take another poor girls death to get him convicted.. Please catch this killer before he takes another life or even his own. That would be to good for him. He I hope will get his just reward....

    June 3, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. AS

    Hopefully Peru will take the action that Aruba failed to do!!

    June 3, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Living on the East Coast of Florida

    Breaking News from WESH (in Florida) just reported that he's been caught and in Peruvian custody!. Yes!

    June 3, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  11. RevJL

    What a Gutless Punk this creep is ..........
    Daddy is dead and hopefully he will be very soon as well !

    June 3, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Diane

      Death is too easy for this creep. Let him rot in a Peru prison for the rest of his life.

      June 3, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  12. mary

    You can run! But you can't hide! No way out of

    June 3, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Diane

    YES!!!!!!!!

    June 3, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Alexa

    Soon or later Justice! always comes

    June 3, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jim

    This guy is a novice serial killer..Hopefully Peru will have the guts the put him on trial , convict him and execute him. The arubans failed miserably and botched the investigation and allowed his father and the kalpoe brothers to cover everything up. By the way, has anyone checked to see of the kalpoe brothers were in peru with him?

    June 3, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
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