A number of news sources are reporting that the national police and special forces in Honduras arrested a suspect last night for the murder of the Norwegian Cruise Line crew member in Roatan.
The Honduran newspaper Tiempo reports that an arrest of Guzman Ramirez has been made in the murder of NCL assistant cook "Jacob."
The suspect was hidden in the home of relatives, located in Coxen Hole, just 400 meters from the murder scene.
While capturing the suspect, the police seized a .38 caliber revolver, allegedly involved in the murder. (The newspaper states that the crew member had two gunshot wounds, one in the left arm and another in the chest).
The newspaper states that the suspect was detained for drug possession in January but was quickly released by the police.
The Honduran police originally arrested two other suspects but released them.
The newspaper also states that the suspect is originally from the Bay Islands and is not from the mainland of Honduras as many people thought. Many people in Roatan have informed us that the Bay Islands are peaceful and their crime problems mostly stem from the mainland.
You can see other photographs of the suspect and the arrest here – CAPTURADO HOMICIDA DE FILIPINO.
We were the first in the U.S. to report on this terrible crime. You can read the initial accounts here.
NCL quickly announced that it is pulling its cruise ships from Coxen Hole for at least a week.
Royal Caribbean is continuing to sail to Roatan although passengers from that cruise line have been robbed at gunpoint.
Carnival is still sailing to its facility at Mahogany Bay in Roatan despite cruise passengers been robbed at gunpoint.
Honduras is one of only two countries (the Bahamas is the other) subject to a critical crime warning from the U.S. state department. You can read the warning here. Honduras has the highest murder rate in the world and has had such a record since 2010.