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. Pat

    Both this crime and the disappearence of Natalee Hollaway happened on May 30th, coincidence? I think not.

    June 3, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. August

    Maybe this kid just has bad dating skills, and no one told him he's suppose to KISS her at the end of the date not KILL her...

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

    I hope that daddy and sonny will be reunited in hell.

    June 3, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. carolyn

    hopefully, he will divulge what he did with natalee before he kills himself...............

    June 3, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Maureen

    I agree Aruba must be proud they let him go and only to kill anothher innocent girl.....you should have locked him up and threw the key away...now another death on you Aruba authorities...hope you all sleep good at night...

    June 3, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Andrew

    i agree with the people who say he hasnt killed himself.......hes a narrsasist and his ego is far to large for him to take his own life. he will continue his psycopathic tendencies until he is caught.....he will always believe that he smart enough to get away with it.

    June 3, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Amy

    I hope he didn't commit suicde.. I hope he gets punished for what he did to the fullest extent. I am greatful he is in another contry other then the US.. Due to the fact the punishments are harsher!!! Hes deserves to FRY

    June 3, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Darrin

    At least the South American authorities will deal with him properly instead of the way the Dutch courts in Aruba did. I hope he's tortured into telling them what happened to Natalie and where her remains can be found.

    June 3, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Sha

    When I heard this story, I suddenly thought Natalie's parents weren't crazy after all. I think the officials should tell joran that if he locates the other bodies, he will be spared. Then off with his head!

    June 3, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  10. JVT

    Why would a young woman date this dirtbag anyway? It's like dating OJ! You invite danger into your life and for what?

    June 3, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Gina

    If he did kill himself, that would be delayed justice for Natalie Holloway and her family. Remember anytime you leave the US, you leave behind any justice, security, fairness, etc you would normally expect. In pretty much any other country we are just a fat, dumb Americans.

    June 3, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Leslie

    I doubt he'll kill himself. If he had a conscience, he would've killed himself after killing Natalie Holloway! What the hell is wrong with the Aruban authorities? They're nuts!

    June 3, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Richard (Netherlands)

    I have never seen so many judges like here. He was arrested on Aruba but no evidence no conviction. And nobody here knows what happened in Peru so far, but it seems everyone here were eyewitnesses.

    June 3, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leslie

      You should work for the Aruban authorities....maybe you should be van der Sloot's attorney so he can get way with murder AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      June 3, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Me

      Well, Richard, you're right. I know I wasn't a witness in Peru. However, there were 2 witnesses that saw him enter his room with this woman. He left the room and she didn't; therefore, we should assume he's innocent? Wake up.

      June 3, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dewey

      Admit it DICK, you feel sorry for Hitler too...

      June 3, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard (Netherlands)

      I have nothing to admit Dewey, i have never killed someone, promise......

      June 3, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      He was caught on tape admitting that he asked someone to dump Holloway's body. ov

      June 3, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  14. MikeB

    FYI: There is no death penalty in Peru.

    June 3, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stewart

      I didn't know there was no death penalty for murder in Peru. Maybe he'll have to spend the rest of his days in one of their lovely prisons.

      June 3, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Misty

    Hopefully, this time, he will pay for his crimes. It's a shame that he was not charged in the murder of Natalee Holloway. If authorities don't catch him, he'll continue to do this.

    June 3, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
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