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. DogMa

    First Thing is What woman would hang out with a guy who was suspected of murder? She had to know who he was.
    Just looking at him you can tell he's crazy with those staring eyes. I'm not blaming the victims here, but what girl would
    go off with three strange men in a car in a foreign country? Someone needs to talk more about stranger danger
    with their daughters.

    June 3, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Barbara Reitz

    Thank heavens. Maybe he'll made accountable for at least 1 murder now. Such a tradegy that if the Arubian police hadn't protected this murderer and given him special treatment, this other young woman would still be alive. EVERYONE SHOULD BOYCOTT ARUBA! If this guy has any guts, he'll admit to everyone what really happened to Natalee. Otherwise, there will be NO MERCY.

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

    You can only hope that they can get the case locked up tight & if (likely) he had something to do w/ Natalee Holloway, he has the decency (doubtful) to give closure to that family.

    June 3, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bordeth

    Great news! If he is headed to a Peruvian or South American prison he is going to be the new pretty "B" on the "block."

    June 3, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Tommie

    Strangely a lot of sociopaths don't particularly care about whether they get caught or not. Just look at Phil Spector and Madoff. They both may complain. But otherwise they are happy even in jail. Most humans are not happy in jail.

    In retrospect the disjointed eyes and face is taken as a tip-off. Smiling teeth. But cold eyes. Also most people should remember not to talk with sociopaths. It is a waste of time. Plus gives them a way in. NO CONTACT is better. Plus it keeps them in the dark. Which hurts their performance. Since they need human feedback to clue them in on what to do. Since they don't have a godly inner light to illuminate their souls.

    Also bad idea to even look at them. As example I avoid looking at Obama's picture directly. Since I do not want to get PTSD.

    June 3, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  6. CapnObvious

    In other news, Nancy Grace and Greta Van Susteren's heads exploded.

    June 3, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Karl B

    This guy is a total creep. Glad to hear he has been caught. I could be wrong but I think they have the death penalty in Peru. With a little luck it will be a very quick guilty finding and take him behind the court house and put a bullet thru his tiny little skull.

    June 3, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jessica

      Catholic countries do not have death penalty...so no country in Latin America has the death penalty..!!!...is against the Church..!!..only God can decide it.

      June 3, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anonymous

      That's too easy for him. He needs to rot in a Peruvian prison for the rest of his life...

      June 3, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • fred astaire

      No capitol punishment is a good thing. While God is making his decision, a couple Peruvian bubas can make their decision in his cell of whose bi..h he can be first.

      June 3, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jessica

    And please do not deport him to Holland, the Dutch police will release him again...!!!!

    June 3, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. terri

    its about time.. can you beleive this all happened on the 5th anniv. to the day that natalie hollaway was killed.. dejavu i think not!!!! Daddy is gone.. no one to help him out this time..

    June 3, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Greenonyx

    I just saw him on CNN after his arrrest. He doesn't look concerned at all - smiling, relaxed.

    June 3, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Shermani

    I am extremely sorry for the loss of life for Natalee Holloways family, and now the famliy of the young woman in Peru. The news of this young murderer being caught in a foreign country, out of his daddy's jurisdiction is absolutely wonderful. Hopefully this young murderer will be tried, and punished (maybe even terminated) for his horrific actions. I have zero respect for the legal system in Aruba, and for the way that they handled the Holloway case. Did I mention that this young man is a murderer? This is called Karma!

    June 3, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. US Marine

    Glad I didnt find you because I always knew you were a killer... If I had found you I would have put 15 rounds through your throat!!! Punk

    June 3, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  13. John K

    I wouldn't be all that upset if he's shown with facial bruises when the press finally gets a look at him. Do you hear me, my Santiago law enforcement friends?

    June 3, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mark

    Not sure if this was previously mentioned, but if he killed her on the eve of Sunday the 30th (I believe that is when she was last seen alive with him), then that will have been EXACTLY 5 years after his first kill.

    June 3, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • CBuckinNC

      First Kill? I have a gut feeling that Natalie was not his first and that there have been more between then and now.

      June 3, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  15. MLB

    Finally – they got him. He is going to wish he had been jailed in Aruba!!!!

    June 3, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
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