Dutch citizen arrested in Bogota on sexual assault charges

Posted on Mar 17 2014 - 4:57pm by Rico
(Photo: El Espectador)

A Dutch citizen has been arrested in Bogota’s international airport for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting a sex worker in 2012, local media reported Sunday.

Hylke Krikke was arrested Friday night at El Dorado Airport by a team of investigators from the Prosecutor General’s office.

The investigators were notified of his arrival by Colombian immigration officials, who responded to an arrest warrant that had been issued in 2012.

Dutchman considered a “danger to the public”

Krikke was arraigned in the Paloquemao courthouse in Bogota, where prosecutors charged him with sexual assault and sexual assault of a person incapable of resisting.

Due to the violent nature of the allegations, the judge deemed Krikke a danger to the public and ordered him to remain in custody while he awaits trial. Krikke denied all charges against him.

The crime

According to investigators, the assault occurred on September 4, 2012, when Krikke invited Luz Henith Suarez to his apartment in the Cedritos neighborhood of Bogota. Krikke offered his alleged victim a glass of whiskey which contained an unknown substance.

The substance ultimately rendered her unconscious for numerous hours.

Suarez was later found in the lobby of the building with various bruises on her body and brought to Hospital Simon Bolivar by police. Subsequent medical tests confirmed that she had been sexually assaulted, according to radio station Santa Fe.

Authorities were able to determine the alleged identity of the suspect due to statements collected from various witnesses throughout the building.

Sources

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