Costa Rica deports alleged bank robber to U.S.

Costa Rican Immigration Police arrest U.S. citizen Luis David Cardona, 38, at the Palmares Festival in January. Cardona was deported on Wednesday. (Courtesy of Immigration Administration)

Costa Rican Immigration Police arrest U.S. citizen Luis David Cardona, 38, at the Palmares Festival in January. Cardona was deported on Wednesday. (Courtesy of Immigration Administration)

February 7th, 2014 (ISH) Costa Rican officials deported U.S. national Luis David Cardona to his home country on Feb. 5 to face charges that he robbed a bank in the state of Florida.

Cardona, 38, was arrested in January at the Palmares Festival in the province of Alajuela, where Immigration Police saw his tourist visa had expired during a routine inspection.

Cardona, who was granted a 30-day tourist visa upon arriving in the country on Oct. 17, 2013, had been held at the Immigration Prison in the district of Hatillo.

He was deported after the U.S. Embassy confirmed he was wanted in his native country. Cardona has been banned from visiting Costa Rica for the next five years, Immigration Administration Director Kathya Rodríguez said.

Inside Costa Rica contributed to and edited this report.

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  • McDemon

    Now….If they could only learn to act with such definition with their own criminals we might get somewhere yet….

  • Chris Thomas

    Costa Rica gets aid from the US so they must do what they tell them to do, meanwhile back in San Jose the criminals have more rights than the common average Joe you are likely to get rob by a crimanal or a police man for that matter

  • Billy Banjo

    pequeño pescado…

    and what about Mr. Lady? hums the what when it comes to cia ops of drug smuggling…same ole same ole