(QCOSTARICA) A 37 year old foreign labourer, known locally as “Jairo”, was arrested Thursday night as the main suspect in the murder of an entire family last week, confirmed the Ministerio de Seguridad Publica (MSP) and the Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ).

The man who police identified by his last name Díaz Aragón, had been hiding out in a house.


Acting on confidential information from neighbours who reported the whereabouts of the suspect in the area of Las Cataratas, police surrounded the small wooden house on a coffee plantation in Santa Maria, on the way to Copey.

According to police, on seeing himself cornered by a large group of police from the Unidad Especial de Apoyo (UEA) de Seguridad Pública, Unidad de Intervención Policial (UIP),  OIJ agents and Unidad Canina (Canine Unit), he surrendered.

The man has criminal record in his native country of Nicaragua, for murder. Earlier this week Nicaraguan authorities arrived in the country to help out in the investigation.

Three other men and two women were also detained for questioning, confirmed the MSP.


Last week, Ramon Suarez Espinoza, his wife, Maria Haydee Miranda and their two children, a nine year old girl and 11 year old boy, were brutally murdered in the area of Copey de Dota.

The first to be discovered was the little girl, found by a neighbour, blindfolded, hands tied behind her back and a deep stab wound to the abdomen. A day later, the bodies of her parents and brother, with the help of tracking dogs, were found a few hundred metres from the house. They had been brutally murdered.


Investigators presume the motive for the murder was revenge.


Photos: Ministerio de Seguridad Publica (MSP)

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