Joran van der Sloot arrested in Chile

Joran van der Sloot, right, sits in a car with his father, Paulus Van Der Sloot, after Joran was released from custody near Oranjestad, Aruba, in this Friday, Dec. 7, 2007, file photo. (AP Photo/Pedro Famous Diaz)

June 3, 2010 4:11:20 PM PDT
A Dutch man suspected in the 2005 disappearance of Natalee Holloway in Aruba has been charged in Alabama with trying to extort $250,000 in return for giving the location of her body.

The criminal complaint against Joran van der Sloot also accuses him of promising to describe the circumstances of Holloway's death.

The U.S. attorney filed the charge Thursday in federal court in Birmingham.

According to a sworn statement, van der Sloot got a partial payment of $15,000 wired to a Netherlands bank.

The name of the person paying the money was not given. Van der Sloot has long been a suspect in the 18-year-old Alabama woman's disappearance.

Van der Sloot was arrested Thursday in Chile in the death of a 21-year-old woman from Peru.