August 6th, 2013 (InsideCostaRica.com) U.S. citizen, Kirk William Owen, was arrested under an INTERPOL Red Alert yesterday. The man had apparently entered the country 14 times since November 14th, and registered 25 entries into the country via the Paso Canoas border with Panama. The man’s movements were apparently done in order to maintain a tourist visa in the country.
Freddy Montero, Deputy Minister of Interior, said that Owen never obtained residency in the country and would exit and re-enter the same day in order to maintain his tourist status.
Owen’s most recent migratory trip was on July 15th. That day he left the country at 6:53 a.m. and returned at 9:36 a.m.
Owen was convicted on January 5th, 1987 by a court in Sedgwick, Kansas for sexual offenses against a minor. He was later convicted a second time, on December 16th, 2002 by a court in Beaver, Oklahoma, again for sexual offenses against a minor.
Interpol issued a Red Alert for the man on July 30th. He was located very soon after in Jaco beach.
Owen also apparently has a pending case in Costa Rica for assault with a firearm.