Van der Sloot confesses to murder

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LIMA, PERU (AP) - Peru's chief police spokesman says Dutchman Jordan van der Sloot, long suspected in the disappearance of American teenager Natalie Holloway, has confessed to killing a 21-year-old Peruvian woman.

UPDATE, TUE 8 AM: The spokesman, Col. Abel Gamarra, tells The Associated Press that Van der Sloot admitted under police questioning Monday that he killed 21-year-old Stephany Flores on May 30.

Peruvian TV channel America Noticias reported that van der Sloot killed Flores in a rage after learning she had looked up information about his past on his laptop.

The station says it has access to details of the confession but did not cite its source. Gamarra refused to provide details of the confession. It came on his third full day in Peruvian police custody.

Flores, a business student, was found beaten to death, in van der Sloot's hotel room. Police said the two met playing poker at a casino.

UPDATE, FRI 9 AM: Twenyty-two-year-old Joran Van der Sloot is expected to be handed over to authorities in Peru Friday. He's the man suspected in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway, and he's now under arrest in the murder of another young woman.

It's another twist in an already bizzare case. "This [Thursday] morning, my office obtained an arrest warrant for Joran Van der Sloot based upon a complaint charging him with extortion and wire fraud."

A criminal complaint filed in Alabama says Joran Van der Sloot tried to extort a quarter of a million dollars in exchange for information on the location Natalee Holloway' s remains. The Attorney General says Van der Sloot already recevied a partial payment of $15,000 from an unnamed party. She believes the information is fradulent.

That bombshell came just hours after Van der Sloot was arrested in Santiago, Chile for the murder of 21-year-old Stephany Flores. Her body was found Wednesday in a hotel room rented under Van der Sloot's name in Peru.

Flores' neck was broken; however, investigators say, there were no signs of sexual assault.

Cameras captured Van der Sloot with Flores in a casino on sunday. They also were seen entering his hotel room. But that he left alone four hours later.

Flores's murder comes exactly five years to the day after Holloway disappeared on a trip in Aruba.

Police questioned Van der Sloot and two friends, but he was never charged. "Joran Van der Sloot is an easy guy to point a finger at. He's a popular suspect; he's someone that people believe -- and they have very strong opinions about this -- that he literally got away with murder."

Holloway's family believes that is true. "There's no doubt he is a bad kid. He is a very, very bad kid. He screwed up, and he doesn't need to be out there. He needes to be locked up somewhere."

The Flores family says it wants justice served this time.

Previously: Authorities in Chile say when they arrested Joran van der Sloot, he was in a taxi, headed toward the country's coast. They say he didn't resist.

Van der Sloot is wanted in Peru in the murder of a young woman there on Sunday.

Exactly five years earlier, American teenager Natalee Holloway disappeared in Aruba -- and Van der Sloot is still considered the main suspect in that case. The Dutchman was twice arrested, but was never charged.

As for the death in Peru, police say, the victim had been seen with the suspect in the hours before she died. They say, she was found lying face down on the floor of Van der Sloot's hotel room. Police say her neck was broken. They say there was no sign of sexual abuse.

A lawyer for van der Sloot in New York is cautioning against a rush to judgment. He says Van der Sloot has been "falsely accused of murder" before, and now he is a "usual suspect" when there's foul play.

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