Colombian police said Tuesday they have arrested four men who are suspected to be involved in the murder of a DEA agent in the capital Bogota last week.
One of the arrested suspects is the taxi driver who had picked up DEA agent James “Terry” Watson from a bar in the north of the city where the American had been watching basketball with friends from the diplomatic corps.
The identity of the other two suspects was not revealed.
According to newspaper El Tiempo, two of the suspects were arrested in Bogota, while the third was arrested in Tolima, a department southwest of the capital. The fourth, whose arrest wasn’t announced until later in the morning, was arrested in the city of Villavicencio.
Newspaper El Espectador reported authorities are looking for another four suspects, all alleged members of an undisclosed gang of robbers active in the north of the Colombian capital. According to newspaper El Tiempo, the number of arrest warrants is five.
El Espectador said the fugitive suspects fled Bogota after news broke they had killed a DEA official.
Watson was killed last week in what appeared to be an attempt to take him on a “millionaire’s ride,” a specific type of robbery during which the victim is drugged and forced to empty bank accounts and in some cases his home.
Following the murder, both American and Colombian authorities rejected the possibility the homicide was work-related. Colombian police offered a $26,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the killers.
The DEA agent’s remains were flown back to the United States on Monday after a formal ceremony in Bogota