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16-year-old girl convicted of participating in homicide of Uber driver

(QCOSTARICA) A 16-year-old girl was sentenced to 13 years in prison for participating in the murder of an Uber driver and in the robbery of a home, both events occurring in October 2019 in Pérez Zeledón. The sentence of the girl, whose identity was not...

Assassins mock quarantine and kill 32 people in 16 days

(QCOSTARICA) Although due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the country is under vehicle restrictions, social distancing, and stay at home measures, murderers circumvented all the controls in the last 2 weeks resulting in a total of 32 homicides. This according to the statistics of the Oeganismo...

Costa Rica captures three Nicaraguans suspected of killing a family in their homeland

The Policía Profesional de Migración de Costa Rica (Costa Rica's immigration police) reported on Wednesday the capture of three Nicaraguans wanted for the killing of a family in the Maio Indian Reserve, in Nicaragua, in October 2019. Nicaraguan authorities never confirmed the finding of the...

23-year-old woman, mother of two children, was the first murder victim of 2020

Angie Gabriela Quirós Navarro, 23 years of age, a resident of Lomas de Quircot, San Nicolás de Cartago, is the first homicide of 2020. According to the Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ), the incident occurred in the first minutes of the year, killed by gunfire...

What is the cause of the wave of violence gripping Costa Rica?

The numbers speak for themselves. In just 15 days, 42 homicides were added to the statistics of the Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ), pushing the number of homicides for the year from 338 on August 26 to 380 on September 9. Despite being alarming, authorities...

Two Beers Cost Grocer 12 Years in Prison

The owner of a grocery store in Hatillo, San Jose, was sentenced to 12 years in prison for the murder of a man who stole two beers from his store. The incident occurred in April 2012, when Junye Ge Yang, used his pistol to chase...

In the country without an army, more and more Ticos seek ‘tranquility’ in firearms

In the La Garita Polígono - shooting range - the ground is covered by bullet casings. In a property that measures about half a hectare, most of the land is dedicated to a large shooting practice area where amateurs gather. At 74, Enrique Rodríguez,...

Police chief: Driver who ran over motorcyclist reacted ‘as if he had run over a plastic bag”

In his 25 years as a police officer, the police chief of Santa Bárbara de Heredia, Douglas Sandí, told La Nacion in an interview he had never noticed a person so calm after being arresting something so serious. "I have had to arrest countless people...

Hit and Run Driver Found Guilty of Homicide

The Tribunal Penal de Goicoechea found Daniel Alberto Mora Monge, 34, responsible for the death of Lucía del Carmen Mata Durán, one of four cyclists run over on January 29, 2017, in Curridabat, San José. Mora was sentenced to seven years in prison for "homicidio...

565 Homicides So Far This Year, 58 Are Women

The finding of the body of a woman inside a metal drum raises the homicide rate for the year to 565, according to data provided by the Organismo de Investigacion Judicial (OIJ). According to the Observatorio de Género del Poder Judicial (Gender Observatory of the...

They kill him and leave the corpse in Ciudad Colón

Murder victim 360 for the year was identified (preliminary) as 27-year-old Christopher Madrigal Rojas, shot several times and whose body was found by a passerby early this Thursday morning in Calle El Bambú en Ciudad Colón, San José. Authorities say the body was dumped in...

La Fortuna Transito Chief Kills His Girlfriend and Takes His Own Life

The chief of the Policia de Transito (traffic police) in La Fortuna de San Carlos, Pedro Arce Arya, 56, took the life of his live-in girlfriend Sunday night and later took his own life. According to preliminary reports, Arce used his regulation weapon for the...

Costa Rica Report Blames ‘Organized Crime’ for Spike in Homicides

(InSight Crime) A government report on homicides in Costa Rica concludes that organized crime is driving the rising violence in the country, but the study's shaky methodology leaves it open to questions. The number of homicides grew by 9.7 percent in Costa Rica between 2010...

Costa Rica With An Average Of 2 Homicides Per Day In The Past 34 Days

Q COSTA RICA - 74 homicides in the last 34 days, for an average of 2 murders per day, according to statistics from the Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ). The violence of the past month brings the total number of homicides to 380 (as of...

25 Year Prison Sentence For Killing American Pensioner Made Her Laugh

Q COSTA RICA - Sisters Ruth and Dayana Gaytán Ramírez, 23 and 21, were sentenced Monday afternoon to 25 years in prison each for the murder of Brian Lynn Hogue, the American investor/pensioner who disappeared in Limon on June 1, 2015 and whose body...

Italian Wanted For Murder and Drug Trafficking Arrested in Costa Rica

(QCOSTARICA) Posting images social networks led to an arrest in Costa Rica, after more than three years on the run, of an Italian linked to murder and drug trafficking in his country. Danilo De Bonis, a native of Genoa, was wanted for the death in...

Violence Seizes City of Limon

(QCOSTARICA) There men were killed Thursday in the centre of Limon, in less than four hours in two separate incidents. The first murder occurred at 9:30am in La Colina, when several individuals travelling in a vehicle intercepted another vehicle with two individuals and fired on...

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