Honduran police on Sunday arrested five people, among them a teenage girl, for their alleged involvement in the kidnapping and murder of reporter Alfredo Villatoro, police said.
Police Special Services officer Fredy Rodriguez told reporters that the arrests of three men, a woman and a girl were made in the village of El Cacao, in the northern province of Cortes, for the kidnap-murder of Villatoro, who worked for HRN, one of the two most important radio stations in the country.
The arrested people were identified as Osman Osorio Arguijo, 29, the supposed head of the kidnapping band; Marvin Gomez, 28; Edgard Osorio Arguijo, 24; Leslie Flores, 18; and a 15-year-old teenage girl, the sister of Flores, who was not identified.
The arrested people "had in their possession heavy-caliber weapons, with which they fired bursts" at police, without injuring anyone, Rodriguez added.
Villatoro, who was 47 and the father of three, was kidnapped on May 9 in Tegucigalpa as he was driving to HRN, where he had worked for more than 20 years, and his lifeless body was found on May 15 in the extreme southern part of the capital with two gunshot wounds to the head.
On May 22, a court in Tegucigalpa jailed and is holding for trial two women and a man accused of complicity in the aggravated kidnapping of Villatoro.
The accused - Jessica Zambrano and Katlin Zambrano - were sent to the Women's Jail, and Marvin Oliva was sent to the National Penitentiary, both located about 25 kilometers (15 miles) north of the capital, and they have been linked to the crime because they allegedly communicated with the family of Villatoro using their cell phones after he had been abducted.
Authorities are also investigating Miguel Angel Alvarez, a former police officer, and Juan Ramon Fonseca, who are being held in the Danli prison for murder and robbery, respectively, apparently because they used their mobile phones to call Villatoro's family to negotiate his release.
According to the Human Rights Commission, 29 journalists have been murdered in Honduras since 2003. EFE