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Two Men Arrested In White House Murder

Police have arrested two suspects in connection with the death of White House Casino dealer Yerlin Marín.

One subject, last name Mora, was arrested when he went to the Public Security Ministry’s San José offices last Friday to sign parole documents in a separate charge against him of armed robbery, according to the daily La Nación.

The second suspect, Mena, was arrested a few hours later at a house where he was hiding.

Marín was shot in the early morning hours of Oct. 28 after the men forced Marin, Angie Peraza and Marín’s sister, Arelis, all of them dealers at the casino, into their car. Peraza and Arelis were also each shot twice, but both survived.

Police found several weapons and fake uniforms from National Police and Drug Control Police units at the house of Mora’s girlfriend, reported La Nación. Police also found the cell phone of Pamela Chaves, who was killed along with Rolando Orozco two months ago in Pavas, during Friday’s raids, and the two men are now being investigated for those murders as well.

Both men are from Villa Esperanza in Pavas.

Late last Friday evening, police also found the car the men supposedly drove the women around in at the house of relatives of Mora – who told them his car had broken down while he was in the area – in Puntarenas, on the PacificCoast.

Mora and Mena have been given six months of preventive prison while their case is heard. They are charged with murder, attempted murder, kidnapping, armed robbery and rape.

Mora’s girlfriend, whose last name has not been released, was also arrested and charged with receiving stolen goods and has been given two months of preventive prison.


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