Dominican charged with murdering five Chinese nationals in Panama (UPDATE)

DominicanToday.com - The news source critica.com.pa reports that a Dominican identified only as "Jose Celular" or " Dominic" was apprehended Thursday night accused of being the main suspect in the kidnapping and subsequent murder of five Chinese nationals, who were then buried in his house.

Panama Police captured the suspect in La Chorrera, while he was placing floor tiles in his house located in the sector El Campesino.

The alleged killer was working together with a day laborer who apparently wasn’t aware of his boss’s criminal activities.

"Dominic" confessed, the authorities said, to having buried the five bodies of the people he had kidnapped and then buried in a rented house.

Police chief Gustavo Pérez said the Dominican, before taking their lives, had demanded ransom from their relatives, of which 103,000 dollars in cash were found, adding that two they are looking for two more suspects.

 

PANAMA CITY (AP) — Authorities in Panama say they have found five bodies buried under the floor of a house and believe the remains are of young people of Chinese origin who were kidnapped for ransom the past two years.

Friday's statement announcing the find says one person from the Dominican Republic has been detained and an arrest warrant has been issued for a second Dominican who has left the country.

National police director Gustavo Perez says the Dominican in custody led officers to the burial site in La Chorrera. The town is about 25 miles (40 kilometers) west of Panama's capital.

Perez says forensic tests are being conducted to determine the identities of the victims.

 

Original article:

PANAMA.- Las autoridades buscan a otro dominicano aparentemente cómplice de su compatriota José Dominic, conocido como José Celular, en el secuestro y asesinado de cinco jóvenes chinos, cuyos cadáveres fueron exhumados esta madrugada en la barriada populosa de La Chollera.
Además, según informes de fuentes vinculadas a la investigación, se presume que hay un tercer extranjero, de otra nacionalidad, quien salió del país recientemente, vinculado a los secuestros y asesinatos.
José Dominic o José Celular está a órdenes de las autoridades por su vinculación confesa en el secuestro, asesinato y entierro de cinco ciudadanos asiáticos, jóvenes, de La Chorrera, con cuyos cadáveres vivía.

La noche del miércoles, la Policía Nacional en La Chorrera capturó al dominicano conocido como “José Celular” o “Dominic”, aproximadamente de 40 años, mientras colocaba baldosas en su vivienda ubicada en la barriada El Campesino, en la carretera que conduce hacia el Río Trapichito. Trabajaba junto a un joven que aparentemente desconocía las actividades criminales de su patrón.

La madrugada de ayer, jueves, el hombre, quien tenía un local rodante frente al IDAAN de La Chorrera, confesó a las autoridades que los cuerpos de los cinco chinitos que había plagiado estaban sepultados dentro de una casa que alquiló. Fue trasladado al lugar para que indicara el sitio donde los había enterrado.

El fiscal auxiliar de la República, Dimas Guevara; el procurador de la Nación, José Ayú Prado; y personal de Medicatura Forense, entre ellos Vicente Pachar, llegaron hasta La Chorrera para presenciar la excavación que se inició a la 1:30 de la tarde, y continuaba hasta entrada la noche.

Tras varias horas de excavación con equipo especializado, se ubicó un cadáver bajo el piso del baño, otro en el de la cocina. Supuestamente los restantes están en un mismo cuarto, pero no se había confirmado nada pasadas las 9:00 p.m.

Los primeros cuerpos descubiertos fueron el de Ken y Jesenia, secuestrados en octubre y noviembre del año pasado, respectivamente.

Los dos eran hijos de comerciantes chinos de distintos locales en la Avenida de Las Américas.

El detenido

El detenido es dueño de un comercio de arreglo y ventas de celulares en La Peatonal de La Chorrera.

Las investigaciones indican que el hombre iba a ser deportado, pero tiene hijos panameños, por lo que arregló su estatus ilegal.

“Ha tenido algunos casos en la Corregiduría y tenía sus documentos vencidos”, dijo Manuel Moreno, director de Investigación Judicial.

Rescates

Moreno confirmó que al dominicano se le encontraron 103 mil dólares en efectivo, producto del pago de familiares de los tres adolescentes secuestrados el jueves de la semana pasada cuando se dirigían desde La Chorrera hacia una universidad privada en la capital.

Las tres víctimas eran amigas. Tenían en común que sus padres tienen comercios en el área donde operaba el dominicano con cómplices.

Secuestros

En octubre del 2010 fue secuestrada una china, pero no se hizo ninguna transacción para su rescate;

En diciembre del año pasado fue plagiado otro joven también chino, en La Chorrera, donde una persona pidió 83 mil dólares, pero la víctima no fue liberada

Los últimos tres casos se registraron hace nueve días; se solicitaron 103 mil dólares.

Las víctimas

Las víctimas eran adolescentes: una mujer y cuatro varones. Yesenia Lou Kam, de 19 años; Young Wu Ken, de 27; Sammy Zenq Chen, de 19; Yoel Liu Wung, de 19; y Georgina Lee Chen, de 18 años.

 

Update October 10, 2011

Prosecutor: Dominican in killing of 5 Chinese in Panama hides in the country

DominicanToday.com - National District prosecutor Alejandro Moscoso revealed Monday that the Dominican Fermín Antonio Taveras Ramirez, and/or Angel Betancourt, charged with the murder of five Chinese citizens in Panama, is in the country.

He said the Immigration Agency registered Ramirez’s entry to the country, just one day after he was accused of being behind the murders, together with Jose Alcibíades Méndez, who is being held in Panama.

Moscoso said he’ll contact his Panama par to exchange information and locate the fugitive’s whereabouts, affirming that the authorities are already on his trail, to be arrested and deported.

The bodies of the victims –which Police say were the killer’s business associates- were found September 15 in a house in La Chorrera, 35 km west of Panama City. 

 

 

Dominican Lied In His Statement About His Accomplice

#Panama - The conviction in his country of the Dominican Fermín Tavares Ramírez for kidnapping is still under investigation. Among the documents Tavares handed over to the Panamanian authorities was his criminal record, confirming he has no criminal record in the Dominican Republic, according to the Director of the National Immigration Service, Javier Carrillo. "The document seems legitimate. It has an authentication stamp, and it is a document of the Public Ministry of the Dominican Republic," he said. This contradicts the version of events provided by the confessed murderer, the Dominican Alcibiades Mendez, who in his statement said Tavares was convicted in his country for kidnapping a Chinese citizen, and therefore he has hatred for persons of that nationality. Mendez Is Being Examined: The Dominican was taken yesterday to the Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences to undergo forensic testing to determine if in fact he was tortured by the authorities. This procedure was requested by his lawyer, Jose Luis Galloway, who denounced alleged abuses during the testimony of his client. On the other hand, judicial sources said staff members from the Office of the the Auxiliary Prosecutor traveled to the Dominican Republic to meet with their colleagues from that country, to gather information related to the criminal records of Mendez and Tavares. (Panama America)

 

Funerals Held For Five Slain College Students in La Chorrera

#Panama - Friends and relatives of the five young college students who were abducted and killed in La Chorrera gathered Saturday morning, 24 September 2011, at the San Francisco de Paula church in Barrio Colón, where their funerals are being held. The first religious ceremony held today was that of Yessenia Lou Can, whose remains were taken to the Colinas de La Paz cemetery in the district of Arraiján. At 9:00 a.m. the second funeral began in the same church in La Chorrera. The Mass was said by the Metropolitan Archbishop José Domingo Ulloa. The President of the Republic, Ricardo Martinelli and the Ambassador of Taiwan in Panama Simon Ko, as well as district authorities attended the funerals. Traffic Agents of the National Police closed the streets next to the church to vehicular traffic. In addition, other officers escorted the coffins. On Thursday, 15 September 2011, the remains of five young college students who had been abducted and killed in La Chorrera were discovered; Lou Kam (18), Young Wu Ken (27), two cousins, Sammy Zenq Chen and Yoel Liu Wung (both 19), and Georgina Lee Chen (18), who was Zeng's girlfriend. On Wednesday, 20 September 2011, there was a massive march for peace through the main streets of the district, to protest the incident. (Prensa)

 

 

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