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Van der Sloot arrives at Lima police headquarters

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • Van der Sloot arrives at Lima police headquarters
  • Sloot facing charges of killing a Peruvian woman
  • Dutch citizen arrested twice, released in 2005 disappearance of Alabama teen
  • Body of 21-year-old woman found in van der Sloot's hotel room in Lima

Lima, Peru -- Murder suspect Joran van der Sloot has arrived at the Lima police headquarters in Peru, where he is facing charges that he killed a Peruvian woman.

Van der Sloot, handcuffed and wearing a protective vest, was escorted through a news conference held by Peruvian authorities Saturday as photographers snapped photo after photo.

The body of 21-year-old Stephany Flores Ramirez was found Wednesday in a Lima hotel room registered to van der Sloot, a Dutch citizen who was twice arrested and released in connection with the 2005 disappearance of American teenager Natalee Holloway in Aruba.

Investigators also found a baseball bat in the room, two law enforcement sources told HLN's "Nancy Grace." They said the bat was the murder weapon.

Chilean authorities delivered van der Sloot to their Peruvian counterparts in the border town of Santa Rosa, where he was greeted by hecklers and dozens of media personnel jostling for position to get a better picture of the Dutch citizen.

Paperwork showed that van der Sloot entered Chile the same day Flores' body was found, Chilean police told CNN. He was captured in Chile on Thursday and flown Friday aboard a military aircraft to the border to be expelled, said Macarena Lopez, a spokeswoman for Interpol.

The Chileans drove van der Sloot across the border to a Peruvian police station. He made a 100-foot walk from the car to the station as journalists pushed past a police line and a handful of hecklers rained loud and angry obscenities on the suspect's head.

Van der Sloot was taken inside the station for processing. From there, he was to be taken to the nearby town of Tanca and then flown to Lima.

Holloway was on a high school graduation trip to the Caribbean island of Aruba in 2005 when she disappeared. Van der Sloot was arrested twice in connection with the case but released both times. He denied any involvement and has not been charged.

Van der Sloot also faces an arrest warrant on charges of extortion and wire fraud in Alabama, U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance said Thursday. The charges are unrelated to the killing of the Peruvian woman and deal with an attempt to sell details about Holloway for $250,000, Vance said.