July 16th, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) A 19-year-old U.S. woman who was allegedly raped by multiple attackers in La Fortuna de San Carlos over the weekend has refused to cooperate in prosecuting four Nicaraguan suspects who were arrested yesterday.
According to sources at the Judicial Investigation Organization (OIJ), the young woman refused to view the men in a lineup and has decline to press charges against the men.
As a result, authorities were forced to release the four suspects, all Nicaraguan nationals who were working at a nearby construction site. The suspects were arrested while at work, after several witnesses placed the men at the time and location of the rape.
According to the woman’s statements to police, she was attacked after leaving a bar-restaurant called ‘El Establo.’
The girl told police that the men took her to an empty house on the edge of the main road and raped her on the patio.
The young woman, a native of the U.S. state of Wisconsin, was in Costa Rica with other students as part of a study tour.
EDITOR’S NOTE: A report by Spanish-language news website, CRHoy.com, quotes an OIJ agent who wished to not have his name revealed, who says the suspects admitted to their involvement in the incident. The official said that the suspects had confessed to their involvement in the incident. “She had apparently gone out with one of them and willingly had sex with him and the other three took advantage. She had been drinking and the [other three] took advantage of the situation,” the official said according to the report by CRHoy.com. While the report does not make perfectly clear the agent’s source, due to context, we believe the agent is likely quoting the suspects, not a statement from the alleged victim. Inside Costa Rica has been unable to independently confirm the statement or identity of the OIJ agent quoted in the report.