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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soundoff (532 Responses)
  1. Dan

    Oh! and for your information, there is no death penalty in Latin America!!. He will have a terrible time in Peru and likely get killed in jail.

    June 3, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  2. The Hof

    Give it time, and he can let us know if "Peruvian Prisons" would make for a good "Jeopardy!" category.

    June 3, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dan

    Way to go Bailey!

    June 3, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Roel

    Hold your horses. It still has to be proved.

    June 3, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. marc

    they need to bait the water with hs blood and throw him in with the sharks – alive ..

    June 3, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dee

      Hi Marc, I can tell you are a kind person. Throwing him to the sharks is still too light a punishment because he would be dead too fast. I do feel sorry for his mother. This guy is a MONSTER that MUST be stopped. I'm soooo very glad he will wind up in a prison in such a country because even Aurba's prison would seem like a hotel compared to where he's going in Chile. There will be justice for Natalee. Her mother deserves that, I know she is giving God thanks for exposing this two legged demon.

      June 3, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dee

      oh shocks I meant Peru not Chile

      June 3, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. The Hof


    Nothing was or has been proven!

    [knock][knock][knock] Hello. My name is Joran. Whatcha doin' tonight, baby?

    June 3, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Milu

    His worst punishment is going to be ending up in a Peruvian prision, pretty boys are very wanted in jails... so I'm sure they'll teach him a lesson. Jails over there are worst than the jungle.

    June 3, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  8. marc

    Roel – He tried skipping countries ...- Like OJ – what more proof do you need??

    June 3, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. RJFischer

    It's the end of the line, Van der Slime! Your aura of invincibility is over!

    June 3, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Suzan

    I think the guy wanted to get caught this time....dad's dead so not an easy out....this time, however, he's in Peru....definately missed with the wrong (or maybe right) guys.... Suffer sicko!!!

    June 3, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Shelly

    Had he been arrested and convicted the first time he murdered, he wouldn't have had this opportunity to strike again. May justice be served for both Natalie and Stephany.

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

      ...assuming, of course, that Natalee was the first.......just sayin

      June 3, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Geo

    My hopes in all of this is that the REAL Truth as to what happened to Natalie comes out let her family at least know what you did with her poor body so they can properly bury her!

    June 3, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  13. bambam

    Big Bubba...Once he gets him in his cell will ensure that when he opens his pretty mouth to smile that you will see sunshine out of his A$$

    June 3, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  14. BETSY

    I'm praying that the chilean authorities follow up with Natalie Halloway's investigation and don't let this man go free. This might be the ONLY opportunity to get justice for both girls, before Joran takes off to his protective Holland.

    June 3, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Julius B

    ....Van der Sloot being connected to another murder on May 30th is not a coincidence. I think authorities should check his passport as to where he was on that date in the past 5 years and follow up if there'd been any more missing girls.

    June 3, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
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