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. Steve

    APPREHENDED!!! Yes!!!

    June 3, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. 2thdoc

    TIME FOR JUSTICE NOW!!!! He doesn't have his daddy to help him out of this one!

    June 3, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  3. MLB

    In custody – where he belongs!

    June 3, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Cardiac100

    Call it just a hunch but, prison in Peru?. .not as much fun as a dutch prison would be. .perhaps it was better punishment was delayed, so it wasn't a few years of easy time. .with lots of rehabilitation..

    June 3, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. RamGrl

    HA! Caught him alive. I'm kinda shocked actually

    June 3, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. amyinoaktown

    Nice work by Chilean police...glad they caught this guy and he is off the streets (hopefully forever). RIP Natalie & Stephany....

    June 3, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. patsy

    Got you this time.......eh!!!your Face look like a Devil...with hatred.....pay the price now,jail for ever...

    June 3, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Guest

    Even his Dad's lawyer said the kid was mentally ill. I'm just pleased that he's going to end up in a south american jail for the rest of his life. No special treatment as he might get in a Dutch province. Buh-Bye JoranVan der sloot

    June 3, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. csm7882

    Let's take him and plug the pipe in the gulf!

    Although having him that close to the U.S. makes me ill...

    June 3, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Iduna

    two weeks in a Peruvian jail and his backside is going to look like a piece of Swiss cheese. Thats still to good for him.

    June 3, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anonymous

      Rofl I can only hope!

      June 3, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Joelan3

    He may have gotten away with one murder but his partying days are over. It's a shame they didn't get him the first time , this poor girl wouldn't have been killed. Who knows what else he's done and how many lives he ruined.

    June 3, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Penny

    Who are they going to hold accountable for letting this killer out of jail so that he can kill again. He was arrested twice for Natalie's murder and let go twice. This time though he won't have his dad to get him off!

    June 3, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  13. giambo

    he's a cute kid, he'll make friends up the butt while he's in prison....

    June 3, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hussein

      Maybe some of those friends he makes in prison will try to help get him off...

      June 3, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Journey Fan

    Now I'm going to Peru to see how cool is over there, and at the same time to see his little ass to get beaten by the cops down in southamerica 😀

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

    TROW The f..king key away, of put it white the badest people in jail. Hope Joraan don't get away this time

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