Police detain suspect in Hatillo serial killer case
Read an update to this story here: There’s a serial killer on the loose in Costa Rica and no one seems to care
Costa Rica police arrested a suspected serial killer early Wednesday morning in Hatillo, a southern suburb of San José, according to the Public Security Ministry. Seven women have been found dead in the area south of the capital since April, with the most recent victim discovered on Aug. 6.
Luis Ángel Ávila, subdirector of the Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ), told The Tico Times that each of the seven victims was homeless and had not been in contact with family, forcing investigators to find most of their leads through other homeless people in the neighborhood.
The 30-year-old suspect, who is reportedly from Curridabat, an eastern suburb, was identified by his last name, Berrocal. Police said the suspect was captured at 1:24 a.m. Wednesday in a squatter’s shack in Hatillo’s Bajo de María Reina after two people reported him to authorities.
Three of the seven victims have yet to be identified, Ávila said.
The daily La Nación reported that police had also confiscated a vehicle supposedly used by the suspect.
The case has brought back grisly memories for some Ticos of the country’s first documented serial killer, nicknamed “El Psicópata” (The Psychopath), suspected of killing at least 19 people between 1986 and 1996 in the eastern part of San José.
No suspect was ever charged in that case and the killings went unsolved.
You may be interested
Mike Pompeo advises Costa Rica about economic ties with ChinaAlejandro Zúñiga - January 22, 2020
During a press conference following Tuesday's meeting with President Carlos Alvarado, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged Costa Rica…
The best resorts in Costa Rica with a wide variety of animalsJessica Vainer - January 22, 2020
Costa Rica — explored by Columbus — literally translates to “The Rich Coast.” Costa Rica is one of the most…
President Alvarado asks U.S. Secretary of State to review Costa Rica travel advisory, FAA certificationAlejandro Zúñiga - January 21, 2020
President Carlos Alvarado asked U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday to review the North American country's travel advisory…