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Beach Crowd Detains Suspects In Attempted Robbery Of Foreigner

Beach Crowd Detains Suspects In Attempted Robbery Of Foreigner

Q COSTA RICA NEWS – New Year’s Day in Manuel Antonio, Quepos was not your usual day at the beach, the crowd immediately reacting to the attempted robbery of a foreigner by three men The crowds at the Central Pacific beach, realizing what had just happened, detained the suspects, practically destroyed their get-a-away vehicle, while […]

Brotherly Love?

Brotherly Love?

  Q COSTA RICA NEWS – Two brothers have been arrested for allegedly contracting the murder another bother’s to appropriate themselves of family properties and businesses. The Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ) reports the brothers surnamed Jimenez, 50 and 51 years of age, were detained in San Carlos by agents of the Homicide Section. One […]

Costa Rica Record Year For Cocaine Seizures

Costa Rica Record Year For Cocaine Seizures

(Q24N) AFP – Costa Rica appears on track to seize a record amount of cocaine this year after grabbing more of the illegal drug in the first nine months of this year than in all of 2015. Public security ministry officials said Thursday that the coast guard has already hauled in 14.8 tonnes of the […]

OIJ Raids Escazu Hotel/Bar And Arrests Owner For Aggravated Pimping

OIJ Raids Escazu Hotel/Bar And Arrests Owner For Aggravated Pimping

(QCOSTARICA) It was 2:00am Saturday, when agents of the Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ) raided a hotel/bar in Escazu allegedly running as a brothel. Based on confidential information, OIJ agents raided the Seuño Español (Spanish Dream) hotel in Escazu, finding within the premises seven women working there, two of whom worked as waitresses and the […]

Man Shot In Drive-By Outside Downtown San Jose Hotel

Man Shot In Drive-By Outside Downtown San Jose Hotel

(QCOSTARICA) It was 1:30am Thursday when two men on a motorcycle shot a man outside the infamous Hotel Del Rey in downtown San Jose. According to a report by the Diario Extra, the man, identified as a Fonseca, 45, an area taxi driver, was shot twice in the belly. The motive for the shooting by […]

Arrested 8 Police Officers Suspects Of A Gang Breaking Into Homes

Arrested 8 Police Officers Suspects Of A Gang Breaking Into Homes

QCOSTARICA – Pretending to conduct patrols a group of police officers were part of a gang that broke into homes in Guanacaste and San Jose. Their loot included flat screen televisions, portable computers and anything else of value they could carry out of the homes. In a series of early morning raids this Thursday, in […]

They Charged Up To ¢20.000 Not To Assault

They Charged Up To ¢20.000 Not To Assault

QCOSTARICA – Three men were arrested Monday night in Tajercillos, Alajuelita, on the south side of San Jose, for alleged extortion, right out the ‘wiseguys‘ of the American mafia playbook. The three men, residents of Alajuelita, apparently charged their neighbours not to assault them. The men would demand ¢2.000 colones (US$4) from informal (pirate) taxis […]

Fake Customers Assault Multiplaza Escazu Jewellery Store

Fake Customers Assault Multiplaza Escazu Jewellery Store

QCOSTARICA – Four armed men, Friday night entered the Eurochronos jewelry store in Multiplaza Escazu, held up at gunpoint the store manager and three sales clerks. According to the police report, the take was mostly jewellery and watches, valued at some US$300.000 (¢162 million colones). The report was made at 6:20pm. Posing as customers for […]

Are Fast Food Restaurants Being Targeted By Robbers?

Are Fast Food Restaurants Being Targeted By Robbers?

QCOSTARICA – Fast food restaurants are being targeted by robbers, the proof of this is the number of robberies of fast food restaurants in the past five weeks: three. The most recent was on Sunday when two men hit at gunpoint the Papa John’s in Pavas, making away with¢182,000 colones and a cellphone. However, the […]

Facebook Romance Between Tica and German Man Turns Deadly

Facebook Romance Between Tica and German Man Turns Deadly

QCOSTARICA – They met on Facebook. Now she is dead. Killed by the very man whom she had met online, and had travelled to Costa Rica to marry her. At 3:o0am Friday, police received an alert of a vehicle travelling suspiciously in La Virgen de Saripiqui, Heredia. The car as driven by a 57 year-old […]

Young Dies After Being Attacked By Mob of 20 Men in Playa de Coco

Young Dies After Being Attacked By Mob of 20 Men in Playa de Coco

QCOSTARICA – An altercation with a pirate taxi and not heeding to the warning of some bar goers, a young man lost his life after being attacked by a mob (turba in Spanish) of about 20 men in Playa del Coco, Guanacaste, on Friday night. Alejo Leiva Lachner, 21 years of age, and resident to […]

Murderer Leaves Note For Investigators

Murderer Leaves Note For Investigators

QCOSTARICA – A criminal’s motive can be elusive to investigators, sifting through clues at the crime scene. The “who, what, when, where, why, and how?” are questions investigators have to answer in solving a murder, for example. In the case of the death of a 45 year-old man murdered in Guadalupe de Goicoechea, the how […]

Two Downtown San Jose Districts The Worst of The Worst For Crime

Two Downtown San Jose Districts The Worst of The Worst For Crime

QCOSTARICA – In an interview with Telenoticias, Freddy Guillen, head of the Intelligence Department of the Fuerza Publica (Police) shared some facts about the crime situation in the greater metropolitan area, mainly by pointing out some really bad areas when it comes to assaults. Guillen said that according to the Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ), […]

Assailants In Apparent Wrong Hit On Pozos de Santa Ana Condo

QCOSTARICA – Was it a case of mistaken identity? Hitting the wrong apartment? Definitely a scare moment Saturday night for the residents of Residencias Los Jardines, in Pozos, Santa Ana For lack of an official report by the Organismo de Investigacion Judicial (OIJ), we are relying this report on facts published on the social media […]

Costa Rica Police Dismantle Hydroponic Marijuana Labs

Costa Rica Police Dismantle Hydroponic Marijuana Labs

QCOSTARICA – An American, believed the (alleged) leader of a drug trafficking gang operating out posh neighbourhoods of Escazu, Rohrmoser, Paseo Colon and Heredia, and three others were arrested Thursday morning by the Policia Contra de Drogas (PCD), a specialized anti-drug unit similar to the DEA in the U.S. The PCD carried out simultaneous raids […]

30 Year-Old Man Convicted For Touching Breasts of Minor

30 Year-Old Man Convicted For Touching Breasts of Minor

QCOSTARICA – Touching a minor’s breasts landed a Pococí, Limon man a 30 month conviction. The Pococí flagrancy court found man a 30 year-old man, Isaías García Guzmán, a Nicaraguan national, guilty of touching the breasts of a 14-year-old last Sunday in downtown Guapiles. Three witnesses observed the fact and held the man until police […]

Pococi Residents Beat Suspected Assialants

Pococi Residents Beat Suspected Assialants

QCOSTARICA – Residents of Suerre en Jimenez de Pococí (Limon) tired of the lack of police action reacted violently against two suspected of assaulting a home Tuesday night. The assailants had the bad luck of getting into a vehicle accident while attempting escape and hid in the mountains. On Wednesday, neighbours were alert for them […]

Love Turns To Tragedy In Limon On Valentine’s Day

Love Turns To Tragedy In Limon On Valentine’s Day

QCOSTARICA – Valentines Day will be remembered as a day of tragedy for the family and friends of  María Valeska Gonzalez Angulo, the 19 year-old woman murdered by her former lover  in the early hours Sunday morning, in the area known as Brasilia, in Santa Marta de Batan, in the province of Limon. Investigators of […]

Pursical Woman Shot In Drive-by

Pursical Woman Shot In Drive-by

QCOSTARICA – A personal dispute appears to be the motive behind the drive-by shooting in Puriscal Wednesday night, when María de los Ángeles Fernández Artavia, 58, was hit by one of three bullets fired at the bedroom of her home. One of the bullets impacted the woman in the knee while she was sleeping. She […]

Man Fires Into Crowd In Downtown San Jose

Man Fires Into Crowd In Downtown San Jose

QCOSTARICA – It was late afternoon Monday, around 3:40pm, when a man opened fired into the crowd on Avenida Segunda , in front of the Talamanca hotel, 2 block west of the Banco de Costa Rica (BCR), injuring three people. Witnesses say the man just began shooting in the busy Monday afternoon crowd walking the […]

A Bloody Weekend: Four Dead and Four Wounded

A Bloody Weekend: Four Dead and Four Wounded

QCOSTARICA – The second Sunday of the year left four dead and four wounded in separate incidents, in Goicoechea, San Rafael de Heredia, San José and Guácimo. The most bloody was in Ipis de Goicoechea (a highly conflictive area on the east side of San Jose), when minutes before midnight, several men opened fire with […]

Dutch Couple Killed Called “Kind and Sweet”

Dutch Couple Killed Called “Kind and Sweet”

QCOSTARICA – Kind and sweet are the words used by friends and relatives to describe the Dutch couple, Hans Snelders and Sita Dhawtal, murdered on their farm in Sardinal de Puntarenas. The couple, along with their ranch foreman, were found dead, bound and shot. The bodies were discovered Monday by a worker returning from his […]

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