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. Cristian

    He Just got caught ...he was traveling in a Taxi between Vina del Mar and Santiago ...Apparently he wanted to reach Argentina ...I bet he will be extradited to Peru soon.

    June 3, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Walt

    I wonder if he KNEW he was killing the daughter of a former Peruvian Vice Presidential, then Presidential candidate? I think he's going to find out what a dad with REAL CLOUT can do when he wants to, if Joran though HIS dad had pull, wait til he see what this victims dad can do!

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

    Wow..finally..congratulations to the Chilean Police....great work guys!!

    June 3, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Juan

    Since Joran van der Sloot has been captured, we invite Natalee´s mother, relatives and friends to Perú to see how this SOB is convicted and punished. There was no justice in Aruba. There is in Perú. Rest in peace Natalee, rest in peace Stephany.

    June 3, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  5. wanda

    Maybe we could use him as a plug for the gulf oil disaster!

    June 3, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Nena

    YES!!!! He is now in custody.

    June 3, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. CBuckinNC

    HELL YEAH.....they got this little POS. Lets see him squirm like a worm and try to wiggle out of this. No Daddy to the rescue this time maggot. As I said, rot in hell....a Peruvian hell that is.

    June 3, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bigbill427

    Bend over and call me Daddy...

    June 3, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Robert

    What if he didn't kill Natalie, but had a psychological breakdown and lost his mind from alll the investigations and killed the girl in Peru? It's totally possible.

    June 3, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Claudine

    Wonderful!!! How about a little Chilean street justice??? some kerosene and a match?

    June 3, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Peter van der Does

    Peruvian prison is probably a whole lot less comfortable than a Dutch/Aruban prison. I doubt they have a TV set in their cell

    June 3, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  12. mary

    You can run! You can hide! No way out of South America,,,,You will be caught Dead or Alive.. Hopefully Alive, so you can be left to the other prisoners to deal with.... And they will....

    June 3, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jersey

    Amen that this freak has been finally caught! What a shame though, that it took another victim. RIP Natalie...

    June 3, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Iduna

    fry baby fry. This guys going to love being in jail in Peru. Those boys down there are going to give him exactly what he deserves.

    June 3, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Peg

    Good – now rot in jail for the rest of your life then rot in Hell, you sociopath!

    June 3, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
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