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. sloot did it

    Some of you apparently missed the news. Van Der Sloot admitted to killing Holloway, there is no mystery of what happened to her. He admitted she died on the beach and sent her body out in the ocean. Of course it was a hidden camera in a cab recording his confession of the story so it's not admissible in court. But there is no mystery, he did it. Hopefully he dies a horrible death.

    June 3, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • MarkNL

      If I remember correct the hidden camera action was adeal between with Joran and a friend of him, they made a deal and fooled Hollands dumbest tv reporter Peter R de Vries in buying there story. So if they made a lot of money with the story how do you know for sure he really confessed??

      June 3, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ed Domingue

    The police in most countries are very stupid He should have been arrested 5 years ago.

    June 3, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Larry

    They'll hunt him down, but why is he killing the girls?

    June 3, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nick

      The same reason men feel the need to dominate over women, only 100% more psycho. Most of us are willing to settle for handcuffs and headboards.

      June 3, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Rebecca

    From what I hear about Peruvian prison, it wouldn't surprise me if he DID kill himself. I'm sure this will end up just like Ryan Jenkins – who murdered that model Jasmine Fiore – and then hung himself in some hotel when he realized cops were looking for him. He's obviously either a) hiding out somewhere right now, just waiting.... or b) running, from place to place... or c) already dead. I think those are the only options at this point.

    Either way justice WILL be served. Whether he kills himself, whether he spends the rest of his life in a Peruvian jail, or whether the guys in the jail kill him (lol), he'll get what he deserves....

    I just feel so sorry for both girls' families....

    June 3, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. sivadwillwin

    I believe this slimeball is invloved with Human Traffiking , and that why Natilie will never be found

    June 3, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. confused

    I hope they capture the SOB alive and bring him to justice. It does bother me that he would be tried in one of the most corrupt legal systems in the world (Peru) and could still pay his way out of this(the same way drug dealers and terrorist do in Peru on a regular basis). Hope this means that he can be brought to justice for the Natalie Holloway case in light of this new murder.
    What I don't understand is the difference between what CNN is reporting and what is in the Latin American news. In Peru the reports say the body was found bruised and with a broken neck. CNN keeps reporting on multiple stab wounds. The coroner has rulled she was beaten to death. There are also other minor details that are inacurate that makes me think CNN does not care at all about reporting the whole truth about something like this. Is like they believe acuracy is just minor details they do not need to bether with.

    June 3, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • maggie

      What makes you think CNN is the wrong one? There have been multiple reports of a blood-spattered room, which is more on the lines of "multiple stab wounds" rather than bruises and a broken neck.

      June 3, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • confused

      The reports coming from Peru and the interview with the coroner do not talk about a blood spattered room. I think CNN is not double checking or at least not updating as more details come to light. Just because all the other reporters are saying all kinds of things about the case doesn't mean one does not have to do good reporting.

      June 3, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Henry

      Go to Fox and stop whinning. You guys always complain about CNN but you keep coming back and read your news from them. Oh I forgot Fox news is not a news organization. I guess you got to get your news from somewhere huh? I do not go to Fox and you have the choice not to come to CNN ... sick of all the whinning about CNN.

      June 3, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. SoSad

    I think it's time to send in DOG The Bounty Hunter!!!!!

    June 3, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. R.E.

    When they catch him, he will 'plea-bargain'. I'll show you where Natalie is in exchange for no death penalty.......and they will do it !!!!

    June 3, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Joel Weymouth

    Judging that the Netherlands is both a crackhouse and a brothel that practices situational ethics and encourages "do what ever you want" I am not surprised it created Vander Sloot and the vermin that is is father. A nice Peruvian prison would serve him well. Hopefully he will be the "girlfriend" of a nice 250 pound "animal". That would be better than execution.

    June 3, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rebecca, Netherlands

      Wow... and all Americans are rednecks and stupid? Come on, grow up, don't let yourself be fooled by the narrow veins in your brain, try your eyes to widen your perspective and vision on things around you.
      Glad they caught him, hope they keep him there. And the Dutch government didn't pull any favours, there was a lot of corruption going on even before the whole Joran incident in the Aruban system, but again, no evidence no justice. Besides that, I wonder if there is a corruption free system anywhere, where there's money there's power... and power brings out the worst in people it seems... And I really hope they have something like DNA this time.

      June 3, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Tiffany

    I wonder if you can plead insanity in the justice system in Peru...hopefully not. He's obviously wacked out of his mind but clearly knows what he is doing. And it was no coincidence that this happend on the 5 year anniversary...
    Let's all sing this song to him: "Psycho Killer. Qu'est-ce que c'est? fa fa fa fa fa fa fa fa fa fa better Run run run run run run run away..."

    June 3, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • rivirivi

      In Peru a monster like this is sent to "the wall" and is shot by 12 good old rifles.

      June 3, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  11. yaker

    It's a shame that he was once in custody then let loose only to kill again. A serial killer in the making? How many others has he killed?

    June 3, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • pleased

      I am VERY pleased that he is in custody, and of course concerned that he will be able to buy his way out of this and kill again. HOW many women has he killed and gone un-noticed – Thailand, Netherlands ???? Let's all pray he gets locked up for life and has to suffer throughout the rest of his life for what he has done !!!!

      June 3, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Peggy

    Psychopaths want to get caught eventually just so they can validate their behavior. I surely hope he gets his and Natalie, Stephany and whoever else he's murdered get justice.

    June 3, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  13. lulu

    If the Arubian Govt. had complete their convictions, the poor in girl in Peru would be alive today.
    Bring him to justice. Also, the parents should be blamed, they covered up for him!!!

    June 3, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jen

    I knew the truth would come out eventually. I am so sad that it happened this way. I also think he has done this to other women. I hope he suffers in a horrible jail. I do think that the girls father will have him killed.

    June 3, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  15. solidus

    how about if he was set up?????

    June 3, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • mc1

      You are truly niave

      June 3, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
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