Friday, December 12, 2008

Authorities arrest man that stabbed ex-wife 17 times

By Uri Ridelman

Agents of the Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) in Quepos, Puntarenas, arrested yesterday a man that on November 24 tried to kill his ex-wife by stabbing her 17 times.

Minor Morales, 51, was arrested around 12:40 p.m. after authorities received an anonymous tip alerting them of the location where the suspect was working. Apparently the tip was provided by a co-worker of Morales who saw his "wanted" photograph in a local newspaper

Morales had been released on November 25 by judge Rosa Castillo Cordero after spending just a day in jail. The conditions for the release forced him to stay away from the victim and her family, leave the town where the victim lived and attend a judicial dispatch to sign every two weeks.

Despite those orders, in recent days Morales used two payphones to place several calls to a phone used by the victim, Ana Campos Esquivel, to threaten her once again. Those calls, along with the anomymous tip, helped the authorities locate Morales.

Morales' recapture had been ordered on November 27 after an appeal was presented to a judicial tribunal and accepted by the three judges.

Ironically, Morales was released on the day that the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women was being celebrated.

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