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. jim

    I think he will be better off killing himself than spending his life in a Peruvian prison, having killed the daughter of a rich and important Peruvian.

    June 3, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. opinion2

    Guilty or not, this kid is the son of a most-likely bubble-up unethical judge who sold good outcomes to highest bidders while ignoring facts, evidence, due process, and legal rights. So, since his dad recently died look for him in his dad's friends' protective custody... protecting him out of respect for his judge daddy. Someone owes his father a few favors – most likely lawyers who profited from collusion. That is my opinion.

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

    This punk needs to be nailed, and hard. I hope those that helped him on Aruba are proud, they just cost another young woman her life. This guy is a sicko to be locked up forever....

    June 3, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Laker Fan

    Peru's prisons are hell on earth. They are worse than the death penalty. I can't think of a better place for little Joran. It's too bad that the Dutch police were so inept and another young woman has been murdered. Rot in Peru and then burn in hell Van Der Sloot!!!

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

      Depends to which prison he is sent. Prisons in Peru are not walk in the park, but there are some that are safer and nicer than others. In some cases people even pay the system so they have their own room and they are separated from the regular population. His lawyer must be working on this, because if this guy is sent to Lurigancho, is very likely he is not coming out alive (once the cameras stop filming him 24/7) As I said in other posts, if people think reporters are creaming their pants over this case, you should see the peruvian judges and attorneys thinking about how much money they will get out of this deal...

      June 3, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. AM

    BREAKING NEWS: Some reports say that Joran van der Sloot, longtime suspect in the disappearance of 18-year-old Natalee Holloway five years ago and prime suspect of the brutal stabbing death days ago of 21-year-old Stephany Tatiana Flores Ramirez, has been found dead near the Peru border after allegedly committing suicide

    June 3, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Wildog2007

    To: I Love Joran. Not sure how you could love a murderer you've never met. Maybe you should get some help.

    June 3, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. I'll take GOOD care of him!

    Find him...you Tag him, I will bag his ***! Hope he does not commit suicide...that would be much to quick. He deserves what he dished out, an eye for an eye...it is about time he looses both of his, along with various other Body Parts. His Momma should have eaten an Apple instead!

    June 3, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Alex

    Have you ever seen what a Peruvian prison is like? It is worse than an US prison, Aruban, Dutch and indeed...the depths of Hades.

    June 3, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Journey Fan

      What's your point? So this little angel doesn't deserve to spend time in jail???

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

      Journey........time in jail, peru....it aint just any jail...it the toughest!!!!!!!!!. nothing like anywhere else..you pee in a hole made right in the ground.........pull it up online..............hell is where he will go to live!

      June 3, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Journey Fan

    The only thing that I do not understand, is why did those girls follow him? If I don't know someone, I wouldn't follow him, It's a tragedy for those families, those in the States, and for those in Peru.

    June 3, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sarah

      Haha exactly, and if you DID know who he was, you probably wouldn't want to follow him either...

      June 3, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Tim

    back when natalie was killed I found myself wishing one of natalie's family members would take matters into his own hands and get some vengeance by wringing this filthy SOB's neck. If only that would of happened or if aruba would of done their freaking job then another person wouldn't of died.

    June 3, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Dorothy

    I bet if the truth were known, he is involved in human trafficking and has committed many more murders. I think there should be a major investigation of unsolved murders of these beautiful girls and they need to find out where this maniac was during the time of their deaths. I am glad his father isn't going to be able to skip justice and help this guy. He is truly sick and needs to be put away. He will find out in a Peruvian jail, he is just another piece of garbage.

    June 3, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jack

    Sadly, in Peru there is no death penalty and neither life in prison unless the victim is a child. So the most this monster will get there is 35 years in prison (maximun penalty for murder under Peruvian law).

    June 3, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • aubrie

      Are you kidding me??? Darn... Maybe after 35 years Aruba will FINALLY take responsibility and let him finish out his days there.... Or execute him.

      June 3, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • mj blondin

      not sadly....pull up peru jails............he is in for more than hell!

      June 3, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Adam Thomas

    I also think that this guy is too fond of himself to off himself. This will be a fun chase though. Lynch mob mentality has its time and its place sometimes.

    June 3, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dewey

    He might as well come to America. Look how many other illegal alien murderer's we've taken in "no questions asked".

    June 3, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • aubrie

      Touche! good point.

      June 3, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Henry

      You just cant resist to bring the immigration debate to a tragedy like this huh? Are you gonna trash the victim too coz she is LATINA? Oh wait Joran is too white, he cant be an illegal...

      Stop the hypocricy America. Do you know how many phedopiles you have all ove the third world molesting young children. You have your own share of criminals all over this world so just cut it.

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

      Don't put words in my mouth Henry, you not only are the one that brought up race, you made stereotypical racists coments in order to do so!

      June 3, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Bushpig61

    They should have just quietly kidnapped and killed him. I hate his smug punkass face.

    June 3, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
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