TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) – Five residents of a city in Honduras were arrested on Friday for the brutal murder of an Italian man.
Edgardo Barahona, a spokesman for the public security department, said several possible suspects were wanted in the murder of the Italian.
The victim was identified as Giorgio Scanu. Video of the killing Thursday showed dozens of people surrounding Scanus’ home, while some attackers went in and killed him with stones, machetes and sticks.
Residents claimed the Italian man had killed another resident of the town of Yusguare. They later burned part of the house when his body lay inside.
Barahona said a complaint had been filed against the Italian for allegedly killing a local man during an argument over damage to his property, but residents became furious when police did not immediately arrest Scanu.
“People were angry, the Italian was not immediately arrested … but we can not carry out an arrest without a ruling,”
Yusguare is close to the town of Choluteca, close to the border with neighboring Nicaragua.
Yusguare Mayor Edas Mauricio Turcios said “this is something unexpected for us.”
“After watching the videos, you are shocked because this is a quiet city, not conflicting, and these types of scenes are hard to understand,” Turcios said.