SAN JOSE – The suspect in last month’s gruesome murder of five college students in the northern Costa Rican city of Liberia was detained on Friday, a spokesman for the OIJ investigative agency told EFE.
The suspect was identified as a 33-year-old man with the surname Rios Mairena, a neighbor of the victims and a relative of the owners of the home where the students were lodging.
Rios Mairena, who has a police record for drug trafficking, left fingerprints and DNA traces at the scene where five students were found dead with their throats slit, the OIJ said.
A sixth person was badly injured in the attack.
Investigators believe that the suspect entered the house through a side door and that he was under the influence of a potent hallucinogen when he carried out the massacre.
The attack began before midnight on Jan. 18.
Killed were Joseph Briones, 22; Dayana Martinez Romero, 24; Stephanie Hernandez Garcia, 25; Ariel Vargas Condega, 24; and Angie Serrano Mendoza, 24, all of them students attending public universities.