Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Costa Rica: Update--Four Nicaraguans Arrested in Connection with Gang-Rape of US Student, 19

According to The Latin American Tribune, Costa Rican authorities on Tuesday (July 15) arrested four Nicaraguans as suspects in the rape of a young US tourist, 19, who said she had been attacked by several men.

The OIJ investigative agency said in a statement that police arrested four Nicaraguan men, three of them aged 27 and one 35, who are suspected of participating in the gang-rape.

The suspects were placed at the time and location of the rape by several witnesses, and they were said to be the people who were last seen with the 19-year-old victim, according to the statement.

COMMENT: Authorities made the arrests while the suspects were working at a construction site in the northern town of San Carlos and the men will be put in a lineup before witnesses.

The victim said that about midnight Sunday she was walking to her hotel when she was confronted by several men who took her by force to a house and raped her, one after another.

The young woman, whose identity was not revealed, is originally from the US and is part of a group of US students who arrived in Costa Rica last week to get to know the country. 

This report will be updated as new information becomes available.