Wed 2 Jun, 2010 04:57 pm
Peru police hunt Dutchman linked to US girl crime
Reuters - Marco Aquino, Eduardo Garcia - 46 minutes ago
LIMA (Reuters) - A Dutch citizen who was questioned over the disappearance of an American student in Aruba in 2005 is the prime suspect in a new homicide investigation in Peru, police said on Wednesday.
Joran van der Sloot Peru Murder? Natalee Holloway Prosecutor Shocked
he always struck me as an entitled little prick, the sort who felt he could get away with murder, i hope if it's true they trow the book at him
A young Dutchman previously arrested in the 2005 disappearance of Alabama teen Natalee Holloway is the prime suspect in a weekend murder of a Peruvian woman, police said Wednesday.
Joran van der Sloot is being sought in the Sunday killing of 21-year-old Stephany Flores in a Lima hotel, Criminal police chief Gen. Cesar Guardia told a news conference. He said the suspect fled the country the next day by land to Chile.
The Dutch government said Interpol has issued an international arrest warrant for Van der Sloot.
Guardia said the 22-year-old Dutchman, who was in the country for a poker tournament, appears with the young woman in a video taken at a Lima casino early Sunday.
The victim's father, Ricardo Flores, told reporters she was killed about 8 a.m. in a hotel room in the upscale Miraflores neighborhood that was splattered with blood, indicating a struggle.
El Comercio newspaper in Lima reported that Flores was stabbed. Her father is a businessman and race car driver.
The killing occurred exactly five years after the May 30, 2005, disappearance of Holloway in Aruba, a Dutch Caribbean island.
"We have an interview with a worker at the hotel who says she saw this foreigner with the victim enter his room," said Guardia.
Van der Sloot left Peru on Monday, Guardia said, according to an immigration registry. He had been staying at the hotel since May 14 and checked out on Sunday four hours after he arrived there with the victim, the police general added.
A document obtained by NBC News from Peru's Dirección General de Migraciones states that Van Der Sloot left Peru on Monday via land to Chile at 1:42 p.m. local time. The document also states he arrived in Peru via Colombia on an Avianca flight on May 14.
Interpol has issued an international arrest warrant for Van der Sloot, Dutch Foreign Ministry spokesman Bengt van Loosdrecht told The Associated Press in The Netherlands.
He cited as his sources Peruvian police and the Dutch Embassy in Lima. The embassy's head of consular affairs, Angela Lowe, told the AP she could not comment on the case.
An attorney for Van der Sloot in New York City, Joe Tacopina, said he did not know his client's whereabouts and has not been in touch with him since the Peru allegations emerged.
Tacopina cautioned against a rush to judgment.
"Joran van der Sloot has been falsely accused of murder once before. The fact is he wears a bull's-eye on his back now and he is a quote-unquote usual suspect when it comes to allegations of foul play," Tacopina said.
Well now it is more likely justice will be served. In Aruba this idiot had parents that were influential - however, in Peru this girl's dad has influence.
CNN) -- Joran van der Sloot, the suspect in a young woman's slaying this week in Peru and previously considered a suspect in the 2005 disappearance of Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway in Aruba, was captured Thursday in Santiago, Chile, authorities said.
Nice young blond boy - may be quite popular in a Peruvian prison.
If he truly is guilty, I hope he stays locked up until his 105Th birthday. Also, I wonder about other possible victims.
It's like O.J. Simpson. Those kind always get what they deserve. I couldn't stand to look at that guy's face. Very cold.
Veddy interesting.. that is, if the suspicions are true.
Character will out, or something like that.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. " A Dutch man suspected in the 2005 disappearance of Natalee Holloway in Aruba was charged Thursday in Alabama with trying to extort $250,000 in return for disclosing the location of her body.
A criminal complaint by the U.S. Attorney in federal court in Birmingham also accused van der Sloot in May 2010 of promising to describe the circumstances of Holloway's death in return for the money. According to a sworn statement, van der Sloot got a partial payment of $15,000 wired to a Netherlands bank soon after.
He has long been a suspect in Aruba in the disappearance of Holloway, an 18-year-old from Mountain Brook, Ala., who was on a graduation trip to Aruba with other seniors when she turned up missing as they flew home. Her mother still lives in Alabama.
The name of the person paying the money was not given. A call to U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance was not immediately returned.
Van der Sloot was arrested Thursday in Chile as a suspect in the death of a 21-year-old Stephany Flores of Peru. She was found with a broken neck in a Lima hotel Sunday, five years to the day after Holloway disappeared.
The two-count complaint also charged van der Sloot with wire fraud stemming from the $15,000.
A statement from Holloway's mother, Beth Twitty said that she "extends her deepest sympathy to the family of Stephany Flores Ramirez and prays for swift and sure justice." She said that she was grateful for the prayers and support she's received.
A message left for Van der Sloot's attorney, Joe Tacopina of New York City, was not immediately returned.
If they had nailed the guy five years ago -
I read a recent Newsweek article re a batch of people facing murder charges that seem to have a certain insouciant devil may care behaviors (my words), including this fellow.
(the photo gallery has an interesting slide show re Amanda Knox, though I'm undecided on her, as a viewer from afar.)
Joran van der Sloot, the Dutchman in jail in Peru for the murder of Stephany Flores, is suing the public defender who represented him at his police interrogation when van der Sloot confessed to the killing.
Van der Sloot was appointed lawyer Luz Romero Chinchay by the police. Van der Sloot’s current lawyer, Maximo Altez, who filed charges on Friday, told Associated Press that Chinchay’s name could not be found on the public defenders list and therefore wants to know why she was selected and who paid for her.
Chinchay has been charged with misrepresentation, abuse of authority, and conspiracy to commit a crime, according to AP.
Altez has filed a suit against Col. Miguel Canlla, the chief of police who lead the interrogation, on the same charges. During an interview in jail with Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, Van de Sloot said he signed the confession only because he was promised extradition.
Altez recently appealed Van der Sloot’s conviction saying the confession had been forced. Van der Sloot is currently in the Castro-Castro prison in Lima until his trial starts, which could take up to two years.
In another story he is offering an interview for one million dollars.