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Driver who severely beat anoter driver on the Autopista fired and being sued

QCOSTARICA - The images filled the morning news television screen, for no apparent reason, the driver of a big rig begins to beat with his fists the driver of a small sedan. The incident occurred Monday afternoon on the Autopista General Cañas highway, as vehicles...

3 out of 4 women missing in Costa Rica are minors

QCOSTARICA - In 2020 there were more than 900 reports of missing women in Costa Rica. Three out of every four reports were of minors, according to statistical data from the Organismo de Investigacion Judicial (OIJ). The data, requested by La Nacion, reveals that the...

Traffic official detained for asking a ¢35,000 bribe

QCOSTARICA - A traffic official was arrested on suspicion of charging a driver ¢35,000 in exchange for not fining him a ticket. The arrest was made by agents of the Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ) on Wednesday in the Traffic Police delegation, in Zapote, San...

San José is the province with the greatest decrease in murders for 2020

QCOSTARICA - Randall Picado, police director of the Fuerza Publica (National Police), confirmed that San José registered 21 fewer homicides compared to 2019. According to Picado, in 2019, there were 173 homicides in the province of San José, while in 2020 there were 152. The...

Constitutional Court: detained can remain a maximum of 72 hours in OIJ cells

QCOSTARICA - The magistrates of the Constitutional Court reiterated this Tuesday that detainees can only stay a maximum of 72 hours (three days) in the cells of the Organismo de Investigation Judicial (OIJ). The resolution was one of those issued during the last session of...

Man offered money to a minor in exchange for photographs and sexual encounter

QCOSTARICA - A resident of Desamparados, paid a teenage girl for cell phone recharges, in exchange for her sending him photographs. In addition, on one occasion he offered her ¢20,000 colones to have a sexual encounter with her. On Thursday, judicial agents detained the 29-year-old...

Inamu asks intervention of Telegram group sharing intimate photos of women in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - The Instituto Nacional de las Mujeres (Inamu) - National Institute of Women - called on the judicial authorities to investigate and intervene a group on the messaging app Telegram, with more than 3,000 participants, in which, apparently, share intimate photos of women...

Criminals Use Dating Website to Extort People

QCOSTARICA - Criminals discovered a new way to obtain money on the Internet. Through a website of sexual encounters, they establish contact with potential victims, whose profile they analyze and then threaten in various ways and try to obtain variable amounts of money. A single...

Criminals take advantage of bicycle fever: OIJ reports seven robberies per day

QCOSTARICA - Due to the fever for cycling, which triggered an increase in the sale of bicycles, has also increased their theft, according to the Organismo de Investigacion Judicial (OIJ). "With so many bicycles on the street, some part of the crime began to assault,...

Allison Bonilla case: Vertebra and two ribs found in a clandestine dump

QCOSTARICA - A new incursion made by judicial agents and other authorities in the San Jerónimo de Cachí, in Paraíso, Cartago, clandestine dump allowed the find of a vertebra and two ribs. The Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ) confirmed the finding Thursday afternoon and stated...

Allison Bonilla case: OIJ did not find anything in an alleged grave located by the search team

(QCOSTARICA) An inspection with a dog trained to detect human remains, allowed the Judicial Investigation Agency (OIJ) to rule out finding the remains of Allison Bonilla in an alleged grave, in Cachí. A group of volunteers who have continued to search over the weekend for...

OIJ creates criminal diving unit to scrutinize hidden underwater evidence

(HQ) Sifting through hidden evidence under water will be the new challenge for a group of 15 judicial agents, after the Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ) formalized the creation of a Criminal Diving Unit. This is a novel incursion for the investigation since it is...

Luany was hit man’s girlfriend, reveals OIJ director

(QCOSTARICA) Following accusations by the family of Luany Valeria Salazar for mishandling of the case, Walter Espinoza, director of the Organisno de Investigacion Judicial  (OIJ) was compelled to appear before a legislative commission and had a lot to say. The 23-year-old young woman was stabbed...

10 most wanted In Costa Rica

(QCOSTARICA) Have you seen them? Sección de Capturas del Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ) shared the images of the 10 most wanted in Costa Rica. These 10 (9 men and 1 woman) are being sought in connection with crimes of drug trafficking,  robbery, pimping, and...

Criminals set their sights on ATMs

Taking advantage of few people out and desolate streets, criminals set their sights on ATMs, even to obstruct roads with sticks just in case and puncture tires of police cars that could give chase. This was the case last week in Bananito, Limón where ¢61...

Police presence for COVID-19 does not stop homicides in the country

For weeks, there has been a strong police presence on the streets of the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite this, the stay at home and social distancing, homicides have actually increased compared to last year. According to the director of the Organism of...

Search For Allison Continues; Sunday’s Raid Came Up Empty

She disappeared on March 4. The last piece of information her family has that, on her way home that afternoon, she felt as she was being followed. The trail has gone cold, but her family has been keeping the search alive. On Sunday there was...

Allison’s mother reveals her greatest fear: “I feel like I can’t handle this anymore”

It has been 20 days and Allison is still missing. Yendry Vásquez, Allison's mother hasn't given up, she still continues to search her daughter, who has been missing since March 4 in Ujarrás, Cartago. With a lump in her throat, she claims to continue her...

“OIJ CR Safe” App Provides Safety Advice For Tourists

Costa Rica’s  Organismo de Investigacion Judicial (OIJ) - Judicial police - have released a mobile phone app(lication) that helps tourists stay safe when visiting the country. The app, called “OIJ CR Safe” - in English and in Spanish - has options for "resident"  and "tourist". For...

OIJ raids massage parlor, and arrests owner

A woman was arrested, suspect of pimping (proxenetismo in Spanish), after agents of the Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ) in Cartago, raided a massage the center of that canton. The OIJ explained that a 39-year-old woman was arrested. The OIJ said it began an investigation...

American intercepted in Santa Ana, whereabouts unknown

(3:47 pm) The Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ) and Fuerza Publica (National Police) are working to resolve an apparent case of an American being held against their will, in Piedades de Santa Ana, this Friday morning. The investigation is centering on the assumption that a...

Jamaican Brothers Used Costa Rica To Scam Seniors In The U.S.

Two Jamaican brothers were arrested Saturday for setting up a call center in Costa Rica allegedly to defraud seniors in the United States. According to the investigation, the economic damage caused by the brothers, surnamed Levy, amounts to US$350,000 dollars. The arrest was made by...

OIJ Investigate Scene Of Multiple Vehicle Crash On The 27 Wednesday Night

What happened, what was the cause of the accident involving eight vehicles on the Ruta 27 in La Sabana on Wednesday night, are questions agents of the Organismo de Investigacion Judicial (OIJ) tried to find answers to on the site inspection on Thursday. According to...

OIJ warns: if security is neglected tourism and foreign investment will be affected

Although they are aware of the country's complicated situation regarding (police) resources,  judicial authorities are clamoring for the government not to neglect or reduce security budgets, as tourism and foreign investment would be impacted. In fact, both factors are considered as pillars that go hand...

All the police forces now will have access to the OIJ criminal database

The Legislative Assembly approved on Monday bill 20997 that enables all police forces access to the Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ) criminal database. With this reform the Fuerza Publica (National Police), the Directorate of Intelligence and National Security (DIS), the Drug Control Police (PCD), the...

President of Aldesa Arrested, OIJ Raids Offices and Homes

The president of Aldesa, Javier Chaves Bolaños, was arrested after the Prosecutor's Office for Economic, Tax, Customs and Intellectual Property ordered his transfer from the company's facilities in Curridabat, to the Tribunales de San José (San Jose Courts). At 3:12 pm, the businessman was escorted...

Blow to money laundering: OIJ finds more than US$3 million and detains five people in Chinatown

Costa Rican authorities gave a financial blow on Tuesday to a money laundering gang operating out of Chinatown in the heart of San Jose, seizing US$3 million dollars in cash and arresting five people. The Tuesday raid on Chinatown is linked to a raid on...

Night Carla Stefaniak was killed all hotel rooms were occupied

The night and early morning when the Venezuelan-American tourist, Carla Stefaniak, was killed all the rooms in the Escazú hotel/Airbnb, almost all the rooms were occupied, according to investigators of the Organismo de Investigacion Judicial (OIJ). The OIJ agents said they have talked to the...

Meet “Koa” The New Canine Agent Of The OIJ

Koa, meaning "brave without fear", is the name of the new Organismo de Investigacion Judicial (OIJ) agent, receiving more than 4,000 votes in the social networks. Alejandro Castillo and Gustavo Núñez of OIJ K-9 unit thanked the participation of the public. In addition, they detailed...

28 criminals were killed while committing crimes in 2018, A 155% Increase Over 2017

A number never before seen: 28 criminals were killed while committing a crime during 2018. Most cases happened during assaults according to data provided by the Minister of Security, Michael Soto Rojas. Soto explained that in 2017 there were 11 "events" where criminals were shot...

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...

“I Stayed in Death Apartment”: Airbnb Guest Tells

Visiting from Florida to celebrate her 36th birthday, Carla Stefaniak decided to spend her last night in a mountaintop villa, Le Mas de Prevence, in San Antonio de Escazú, she rented through Airbnb. It would be her last night alive. Carla went missing on November 27. In the morning...

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