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. jat

    they got him

    June 3, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Richard

    Now on to those who help him hide the first murder and find out if any more are out there. I would bet the farm there are.

    My Sincere Condolences to the Holloway(I hope I spelled that right)and this Young S American Girl also.

    June 3, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jessica

    Arubans, you have a beautiful island but your police s-ks...!!!

    June 3, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. onions02

    I hear everywhere that he stabbed Stephany to death, but news from Peru inform that she was beaten to death
    and also had her neck broken. He killed her with his bare hands. They said that Stephanie had won 5,000 thousand dollars in the casino and he took all the money when he escaped. This guy is a monster.

    June 3, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. jeanne

    BOYCOTT ARUBA.............PLEASE CNN, ABC, CBS, FOX, PLEASE DO NOT FLY OVER TO PERU TO BE THE FIRST TO INTERVIEW THIS DEVIL BOY AND PAY HIM HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS SO HE MAY PAY OF GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS IS PERU.......SHAME THERE IS NO DEATH PENALTY IN PERU......

    June 3, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Grace

      Why are you so narrow minded? Aruba is part of the Dutch Kingdom and has to follow the Dutch laws. There was no evidenciary support to put that jerk in jail. It is not Aruba's faults.
      In America, each state has it's own law system. In some states the legal age for drinking is 18 in others 21.
      Besides, a person with a little bit of common sense would not get in a car with strangers neither in a hotel room.
      Lesson learned: stay away from strangers.
      In America horrible crimes happen and no one is boycotting America.
      Example: OJ Simpson case, Black Dahlia.
      Grow up.

      June 3, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. mymiracles

    I wish they authorities would allow me to tie him up and take a razor and slice tiny piece by piece off of his privates.
    It is a pity his father is deceased.........he should have to go through some of the same agony his son put two sets of parents through because hopefully someone tortures and kills him before he even goes to trial. I have no pity for him. I am just hopeful he will remain behind bars suffering for the rest of his worthless life.

    June 3, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  7. kristi

    Nothing was or has been proven!

    June 3, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • fred astaire

      Except that the wold is full of gullible enablers such as yourself.

      June 3, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jakrabt

    Since this murder was committed in S. America maybe they will administer appropriate justice. US justice has proven time and again to be very lenient with the wealthy.

    June 3, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  9. frank

    I hope you rot in a peruvian prison for many years while being abused every day by a peruvian bubba.

    June 3, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Karen D

    We all know he did it, just like we know OJ killed his wife Nicole, and Scott Peterson killed his wife Lacy. He deserves to be behind bars till he is an old man...and only after he has been denied his freedom for 40 yrs should they kill him.He needs to suffer for what he's done. He also needs to tell what he did to Natalie in Aruba.

    June 3, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. mariëtte van den Huijgevoort

    hang the guy and keep him in cilli there his going to get the best centins he needs not let him go back to holland. mariette holland

    June 3, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Dan

    JB

    You should do your homework before you speak! First, he is not in the US and legal representatiom is provided in most Counties is provided IF you have no money! – he is a guy of means and second, since he is from the Netherlands, his Country will likely will provide the lawyers. You tax are not paying for crap, so do not worry – educate yourself first, then talk.

    Also, to all of those people who blame the mother – get a life! Unless you know his mother, one should never comment. Are you going to blame every paret of a person who killed? At one point one is either good or bad, and he is responsible for his actions. 99% of parents will not beleive his child is capable of such a crime, and one needs to undestand that. As a parent I can say that kids at a certain time take turns we adults think they are wrong.

    June 3, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. jonna38

    YES! THEY GOT HIM! FINALLY THE SOB WILL GET HIS DUES. HE IS BEING HANDED OVER TO INTERPOL. VENGEANCE IS MINE.......SAYS NATALEE (RIP)

    June 3, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Louis

    ARUBA HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS MURDERER, HE IS NOT EVEN A LOCAL CITIZEN, JUST A RICH PLAYBOY THAT USED TO LIVE HERE IN ARUBA JUST LIKE A LOT OF YOU GUYS, THAT COME HERE, TO MY BEAUTIFUL AND PEACEFUL ISLAND, TO MESS THINGS UP.
    THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE HERE, FEEL THE SAME HORROR YOU DO!
    IT'S A SHAME YOU ALWAYS HAVE TO MENTION ARUBA.
    HE IS A DUTCH CITIZEN, FROM HOLLAND AND NOT FROM ARUBA.

    June 3, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Workin'

      That's true Louis; this POS was not a native born Aruban. But, didn't the majority of the "investigation" and handling of his the Holloway case come from Aruban "officials"? One of the reasons that perhaps Aruba gets the bad rap is because they were complicit in the maneuvering of the father, and seemingly were responsible for ultimately failing to bring justice to the Holloway family. As such, Aruba does bear the brunt of the blame...

      June 3, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • fred astaire

      The police in Aruba were inept re this case to say the least. However, being sympathetic to your concerns, I will not be one of those coming to your island to" mess it up".

      June 3, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dee

      Don't get so worked up Louis. Please try to understand that he did a terrible thing in your beautiful country so it will always be brought up, you will have to learn to live with that. Jim Jones did a terrible thing in my country (Guyana) and I had to accept that and point out to people that the Guyanese people did not know he was living there, we thought he had returned to America as we were totally unaware of the land sale in our jungle. I am glad that you made it clear that the "Nationals" of the country also feel the effects of the tragedies that these people bring into our countries / islands.
      Take care......keep the love for your country but take the bad things in stride, there are bad things happening everywhere even in the "good ole USA". Have a goooood day!!!

      June 3, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tammy

      I understand what you are saying, but MY frustration comes from the fact that your people of the Island didn't speak up and demand justice.... to a degree that brought forth an ending and peace for the Holloway family. I am not so simple minded to think that there are not wonderful people of Aruba that agree this is a travesty of justice. But YOU had the responsibility to protect the image of your Island and demand justice from your public officials as we would here. Although I sympathize with you I wouldn't dream of coming there for my daughters' upcoming destination wedding with a party of 23

      June 3, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Drea

    Thank God, they caught him. I hope they throw him under the jail.

    June 3, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
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