Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Two suspects arrested for murder of casino dealer.

(Photo:Alonso Tenorio/La Nacion)The men may be responsible for murders attributed to suspected serial killer.

(Tico Times) - Police have arrested two men in the murder of White House Hotel casino dealer Yerlin Marin.

One subject, whose last name is Mora, was arrested when he went to the Public Security Ministry's San Jose offices on Friday afternoon to sign parole documents in a separate charge against him of armed robbery, according to the daily La Nacion.

The second suspect, Mena, was arrested a few hours later at a house where he was hiding.

Marin was shot early Tuesday after the men forced her, along with Angie Peraza and Marin's sister, Arelis – all dealers at the casino in the southwestern San Jose suburb of Escazu – into their car. Peraza and Arelis were also each shot twice, but both survived.

Police found several weapons and fake uniforms from National Police and Drug Control Police units at the house of Mora's girlfriend, reported La Nacion.

In searches on Friday, police also found the cell phone of Pamela Chaves, who was killed along with Rolando Orozco two months ago in the western San Jose district of Pavas, and the two men are now being investigated for those murders as well.

Both detainees are from Villa Esperanza in Pavas.

Late Friday evening, police also found the car the men supposedly drove the women around in at the house of relatives of Mora in Puntarenas, on the Pacific Coast. Mora told police his car had broken down while he was in the area.

Mora and Mena have been given six months of preventive prison while their case is heard. They are charged with murder, attempted murder, kidnapping, armed robbery and rape.

Mora's girlfriend, whose name has not been released, was also arrested and charged with receiving stolen goods and has been given two months of preventive prison.

The suspects may be responsible for as many as five murders, but police won't confirm anything until all investigations are complete.

Jorge Rojas, chief of the Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ), said that even though the suspects may have killed multiple times it is too early to label them as serial killers because all the murders were motivated by robbery, although it seems as the killings may have provided them some pleasure, since the victims were defenseless and did not represent a threat to the criminals.

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