Thursday, February 28, 2013

Costa Rica: Five Gunmen Storm Upscale Hotel Samasati, Steal Valuables from 18 Guests, Mostly US

According to The Tico Times, five gunmen forced their way into the upscale Hotel Samasati, in the Caribbean province of Limón [Puerto Viejo] during  hours of darkness earlier today (February 28) and robbed mostly US citizens who were staying at the one-of-a-kind hotel situated on 250 acres of forest.

Reportedly, the gunmen stole up to US$6,000 in cash, digital cameras, electronics, passports and other valuables.

Upon their departure from the hotel, they also stole a car belonging to the hotel owner and on their way out, slashed the tires in most vehicles in the parking lot. 

One of the hotel guests was also punched in the face, who required medical treatment at a local clinic. 

COMMENT: As most of our regular readers know, in recent years Costa Rica has experienced a significant spike in violent crime, largely because it is such a magnet for tourists and expats.

For information on the hotel, please go to: http://www.samasati.com.