LIMA, Peru (AP) - The young Dutchman long suspected in a U.S.
teen's Caribbean island disappearance was delivered to Peru on
Friday to face charges in the murder of a 21-year-old woman found
with her neck broken in his Lima hotel room.
Joran van der Sloot told police in Chile - where he was captured
on Thursday - that he did not kill Stephany Flores but did say "he
met her and at some point they went to a casino," said Fernando
Ovalle, a Chilean police spokesman.
The girl's father, Ricardo Flores, told The Associated Press
that video cameras tracked the couple as they walked before dawn
Sunday to van der Sloot's hotel from the casino in Lima's upscale
Miraflores district where they met playing poker.
Flores said he doesn't want the death penalty for van der Sloot,
only justice. In Peru, murder carries a prison sentence of up to 35
"I haven't slept since Monday," a devastated Flores, his
eyelids heavy and speech slurred, said in an interview at his Lima
home. "I'm waiting for him to step foot on Peruvian soil." Then,
he said, he'd take a sleeping pill or simply collapse from
Flores, a circus promoter and former race car driver, spoke as
the husky 22-year-old Dutchman was being flown handcuffed to the
border with Peru, where the Chileans handed him over to Peruvian
They put a bulletproof vest on van der Sloot, who looked
frightened, and took him to a police post for a medical check
before continuing on by highway to Lima, where a preliminary arrest
warrant was issued for him Thursday.
Peru's chief Cabinet minister, Javier Velasquez, told
Radioprogramas radio that van der Sloot would arrive in the capital
on Saturday morning.
The suspect wore the same black-hooded sweat shirt and khaki
pants in which he was arrested Thursday in a taxi headed from
Santiago toward Vina del Mar on Chile's coast. He has not spoken
publicly or even acknowledged reporters who have called questions
Van der Sloot remains the prime suspect in the May, 30, 2005
disappearance - five years to the day of Flores' murder - of
Alabama teen Natalee Holloway on the Dutch island of Aruba.
The longtime fixture of TV true-crime shows also now faces
criminal charges in the United States of trying to extort $250,000
from Holloway's family in exchange for disclosing the location of
Holloway's body and describing how she died. U.S. prosecutors
charged van der Sloot with the crime on Thursday, saying $15,000
had been transferred to a Dutch bank account in his name. In the
Netherlands on Friday, prosecutors acting on a U.S. request raided
two homes seeking evidence in the case, seizing computers, cell
phones and data-storage devices.
The body of Stephany Flores, a business student with a sunny
disposition, was found late Tuesday in the Lima hotel room where
van der Sloot had been staying since arriving in Peru on May 14
She was fully clothed, with multiple bruises and scratches on
her body but no signs she had been sexually assaulted, the chief of
Peru's criminal police, Gen. Cesar Guardia, told the AP.
A tennis racket was found in the room "that could have been the
murder weapon but that's so far not been proven," said Dr. Cesar
Tejada, deputy Lima medical examiner.
"My daughter resisted," Flores told the AP in a marble-floored
interior porch of his home. "There was violence, resistance to
being raped - and there's where she was murdered."
Flores said police wouldn't let him see his daughter's battered
body. His oldest son, 35, identified her at the morgue, and the
casket was closed at her funeral.
The girl's mother, Maria Elena Ramirez, sat staring into
oblivion accompanied by friends and family at a table in the
grass-covered back yard. Stephany was the oldest of their three
children and only daughter.
Peruvian police say they have video of van der Sloot and Flores
together in the casino and on the street and say witnesses saw the
two enter the Dutchman's hotel room about 5 a.m. and van der Sloot
leaving alone some four hours later.
Flores, 48, buried his daughter Thursday but said he expected
her to be exhumed so that DNA tests can be performed.
"Under the fingernails of my daughter there are traces,
evidence, that's why they didn't permit her cremation," he said.
Dr. Tejada confirmed that valuable evidence could be found under
the girl's fingernails.
Flores said he hopes his daughter's death will help
investigators solve not just the Holloway case but others of
missing girls in which van der Sloot might be responsible.
Holloway was an 18-year-old celebrating her high school
graduation on Aruba when she disappeared. Van der Sloot told
investigators he left her on a beach, drunk. That's the last anyone
saw of her. Van der Sloot was twice arrested in her disappearance -
and twice released for insufficient evidence.
Two years ago, a Dutch television crime reporter captured
hidden-camera footage of van der Sloot saying that after Holloway
collapsed on the beach he asked a friend to dump her body in the
sea. But judges in Aruba ruled it insufficient to re-arrest him.
The same journalist, Peter de Vries, reported later in 2008 that
van der Sloot was recruiting Thai women in Bangkok for sex work in
A person answering the phone Friday at the home of the girl's
mother, Beth Holloway of Mountain Brook, Alabama, said she was not
there and hung up. The girl's uncle, Paul Reynolds, told NBC's
"Today" show Friday that the family hopes to see van der Sloot
behind bars and the Aruba case reopened. He called the alleged
extortion attempt "despicable."
A New York lawyer for van der Sloot, Joseph Tacopina, had no
immediate comment on his client's predicament. He said he was not
yet able to say whether a Peruvian lawyer had been obtained for the
Aruba's attorney general, Taco Stein, told the AP that island
authorities had not been keeping track of the movements of van der
Sloot, who was lately living mostly in the Netherlands.
He said he didn't know how the young man was supporting himself.
"He's an ardent poker player and that means every now and again he
wins too," Stein said.
In the Lima interview, Flores sat slough-shouldered and dejected
as he lamented his daughter's naivete in trusting the
"Machiavellian" van der Sloot enough to accompany him to his
"She was absolutely innocent. A big baby. Good and without any
malice, you understand. She was still a girl," he said. "who
didn't know the other side of life, the hard side."
Maybe he wasn't strict enough as a parent, Flores thought aloud:
"What happens is that we teach our children the pretty side of
life and we don't teach them the other world, the risks that