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. FLcynic

    YEEEEE-HAAAAA!!! I'm guessing this guy is crapping his drawers, knowing there's no way he'll ever see freedom again.

    June 3, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Cyrus Howell

    I can't get an erection unless I am thinking about killing the woman.

    June 3, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Kris

    Anybody have any idea about conditions in Peruvian prisons? I wonder what it will be like for the little weasel...

    June 3, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  4. frederick j blacknight

    Glad this worthless piece of crap was arrested. Too bad that the authorities can't extradite him to the US to be tried, preferably in Virginia or Texas. In those states this worthless SOB would eventually get to see the working end of 'high voltage'

    June 3, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mary

    Well, not to be morbid but maybe this girl had to die in order to keep him from killing others. God rest her soul and I hope he gets whatever he deserves in prison from Bubba and I hope Bubba is unusually "large".

    June 3, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mike

    the people that let him of the hook last time should share the same prison with him,he is one bad dude

    June 3, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Julie

    Joran van der Sloot has been arrested and is in police custody in Santiago, Chile

    June 3, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. DJ

    Yes, let's hope the Peruvian prison he lands in has lots of thugs who will love having a young, fair skinned girlfriiend.

    June 3, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Reanne

    Does anyone actually know anything about the Peruvian justice system beyond the no death penalty thing? I am curious to know if it will likely be a quick and efficiant trial regardless of his money / attorney, or if like here in the US, it could take months or even a year or more with decent legal manuevering. if convicted will he likely face life in prison? and aside from all the banter, does anyone actually know what a Peruvian prison is really like. Is it really as bad as you all are making it sound ? *Hoping*

    June 3, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. fred astaire

    This is one sick person who is arrogant to the max. I almost wish we could bring back the old fashion drawing and quartering for him only. Hard to believe that the guillotine was developed because, at that time, hanging and the for mentioned were consider too violent.

    June 3, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  11. luis

    Im from Peru, and this is to the family of the Halloway girl.

    Here we dont have death penalty on our country but trust me when I say that all the prisoners in Lurigancho jail wish for that.

    June 3, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  12. luis

    If you want to know how are the jails of peru, just make a quick search with the subject "World's toughest prison"

    June 3, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Greg2804

    For everybody affected by this punk, here is your justice that you should have had in 05. Hopefully he doesn't kill himself, that way he can know how those women felt before he took their lives.

    June 3, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Tammy

    I'll bet Aruba will miraculously find her body now and prosecute him 1st there.... so he can have better conditions and be closer to Mommy. Since it happened 1st in Aruba could they do that??

    June 3, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Tammy

    Use HIS big fat head AND the REST of him to plug the HOLE in the Gulf....

    June 3, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • RJFischer

      Hey Tammy, let's not pollute the Gulf any more than we have already! lol

      June 3, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
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      June 3, 2010 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
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