Monday, July 14, 2014

Costa Rica: US Woman,19, Gang-Raped by Seven Assailants in La Fortuna de San Carlos

According to The Tico Times,  a 19-year-old woman from Wisconsin was allegedly raped by seven men in La Fortuna de San Carlos, in the Northern Zone of the country, according to Costa Rica’s Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ).

A spokeswoman for the OIJ told The Times that on Saturday night (July 12) the victim went to a local bar, El Establo, with a group of friends. 

When the group left the bar, the victim said she had forgotten her purse and returned to the bar alone.

While at the bar, she met the group of men who allegedly raped her in the early hours of Sunday morning (July 13).

The OIJ spokeswoman said the victim was socializing with the men and that she was not abducted.  

COMMENT: Authorities told TIMES that the assault happened in a field between the bar and the hotel where the woman and her friends were staying, contradicting an earlier report from the daily LA NACÍON saying the woman was taken to an abandoned house three kilometers west of the park in La Fortuna.

The victim was later evaluated at a Forensics Laboratory in San Joaquín de Heredia, north of the capital.

The victim filed a criminal complaint with the San Carlos OIJ office.

At the moment, the rape victim has decided to remain in Costa Rica.

The investigation is ongoing; as of the posting of this story, no arrests have been made. 

OIJ said that they would soon release descriptions of the suspects.

An earlier version of this report, based on a story by LA NACÍON, incorrectly stated the victim’s age as 17, although she in fact is 19.