By A.M. Costa Rica staff
The Office of the Prosecutor of Limón made four raids in the city of Limón Thursday and captured two brothers suspected of murdering a man and keeping his body in a freezer.
According to the police report, two brothers, surnamed Gutiérrez Alfaro and Gutiérrez Arce, both of Nicaraguan nationality, are the main suspects in the murder of a Nicaraguan man named Rostrán. It is alleged that they then hid his body in a freezer.
Police report that they raided a shop located in the Los Cocos neighborhood where the suspects live and where the body of the victim was also found, a lawyer’s office and a property that belonged to the victim.
According to the investigators, one of the suspects, Gutiérrez Alfaro, met Rostrán, his wife and son in Nicaragua.
About 10 years ago, Rostrán came to Costa Rica, where he opened a soda (a small restaurant), leaving his wife and son in Nicaragua.
Apparently about six years ago, Rostran's wife sent him a text saying that she did not want to have contact with him or their son. It was then that one of the suspects, Alfaro Gutierrez, came to Costa Rica bringing Rostran's son.
After September 1, neither his son nor his girlfriend ever saw Rostrán again. Both, however, received text messages on their cell phones, allegedly from Rostran saying he wanted to be alone and away from them both.
According to the investigators, Rostran had been murdered and the two suspects had taken steps to seize the restaurant's license. In addition, one of the suspects obtained a general power of attorney, apparently signed by Rostrán, with which it was possible to transfer a license to the name of the suspect.
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Two brothers, surnamed Gutiérrez Alfaro and Gutiérrez Arce, both of Nicaraguan nationality, are the main suspects in the murder of a Nicaraguan man named Rostrán and hid his body in a freezer.
Investigators are acting under the assumption that the suspects used the victim's cell phone to maintain contact with Rostran’s son and girlfriend, but that they had murdered Rostrán to steal his assets.
Based on that assumption, investigators searched the victim’s restaurant and the house where the suspects lived. The body was found in the suspect’s home. They also searched the office of the attorney who gave the suspects the power of attorney.
The Prosecutor's Office of Limón has maintained contact with Nicaraguan authorities who suspect that Gutiérrez Alfaro could have committed a similar crime in that country. The case is under investigation in Nicaragua.
According to the investigators, the suspects were sent to the Criminal Court of Limón. The prosecutors are expected to request precautionary measures today.