- Title: PERU: POLICE ARREST FOUR MEN FOR THE MURDER OF A SPANISH BULLFIGHTER JOSE REINA
- Date: 13th July 2002
- Summary: LIMA, PERU (RECENT) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF PRESS AND BODY ON BEACH UNDER NEWSPAPERS (3 SHOTS)
- Reuters ID: LVA4IETW7FQRGEWJN58UQ45GZG6R
- Location: LIMA, PERU
- Country: Peru
- Duration: 00:00:11
- Topics: General
- Story Text: Peruvian police have arrested four men for the murder of a Spanish bullfighter whose body washed up on a popular Lima beach last week after he had been missing for days.
Police said they arrested the men, who are members of the municipal police, on Saturday (July 13).
Besides Lima's official police force, there are informal, community-style "police" employed by the municipalities known as "Serenos".
Police said the men allegedly beat Jose Reina, 23, and dumped his dead body on a beach. Media reports said the crime occurred July 2, the day the Spanish bullfighter disappeared from his hotel. Reina's body washed up on the beach Tuesday (July 9).
Reina, from the Spanish town of Ciudad Real, had been in Peru on a bullfighting tour.
According to police, Reina was last seen when he left his Lima hotel, telling other bullfighters that he was going for a meal. They said he was carrying more than $1,000.
On July 2, the Serenos were called to the centre of Miraflores, a well-to-do neighbourhood of Peru's sprawling capital beside the Pacific Ocean, because Reina was "causing a scandal in the park", a national police spokesman said.
Remigio Hernani, head of the criminal investigation division, said Reina was drunk and had taken drugs.
Hernani said the Serenos arrested Reina and beat him after he tried to get out of their jeep. One used a club, Hernani said.
It was not clear why the Serenos did not take him immediately to a police station. When they discovered Reina was dead, they dumped his body on a beach, Hernani said.
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