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Robbery Suspect Arrested, Guiones Residents Breathe Easy

By Adam Dietrich

Residents of Las Huacas will have hopefully rested more easily after this Friday January 20th following the arrest of a man who has allegedly been thieving from homes in the area for well over a year. The arrest came this morning after Francisco Chavarria Rodriguez, a security guard of the private company Securtiy Pacific, found the man sleeping in a hammock covered in leaves behind a residents house in a gully.

Rodriguez found the man sleeping and called the Tourist Police to come and arrest him, once they arrived the suspect fled and had to be pursued.  He finally surrendered himself after a kilometer long chase and joked about how long it took authorities to find him.

Although the man refused to give his name, Rodriguez took a photo of him with his cell phone. 

Marion Savage, a resident who was robbed last June said she recognized him from the cell phone photo Rodriguez took. “He ripped off my alarm, when I arrived at the house the police were already there and we saw him running away,” Savage said about the robbery last June.

Fearing he would be released there due to lack of evidence, Agnes Pinherio, the president of the Security Association of Nosara, began calling residents and community members for a show of support and for anyone who could identify him to come to Nicoya to prevent his release until arraignment. By 2pm there were close to 30 residents gathered outside the tourist police station while the OIJ were inside with the suspect.

One hour later, OIJ announced that they would take him to Nicoya for fingerprinting. The OIJ have a set of fingerprints on file already, lifted from previous crime scenes.

Following the announcement the suspect was led from the Tourist Police office to a waiting OIJ car.  Gathered residents yelled at him, “Don’t come back to Nosara,” and “we have your photo.” The suspect, whose face was covered by his shirt, said nothing as he was loaded into the car and driven off.

Residents gathered outside the Tourist Police office to ensure that the suspect was not released until OIJ was able to take him to Nicoya.
The Suspect is led from the Tourist Police office to an OIJ car by members of the Tourist Police of Nosara and OIJ.
A cellphone bearing the photo of the man arrested is shown to residents gathered outside the Tourist Police office.

In response to this afternoon’s events Jason Vargas the chief of the tourist police said, “Thankfully during the past two years we have been insisting that people present a formal complaint when a robbery has been committed, on this basis, this person was arrested and transferred to Nicoya by the OIJ and will possibly face charges because he is linked with a complaint that was made in the sector of Las Huacas”.


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