Man killed in Puerto Rico tourist zone

March 30, 2009 6:00:21 PM PDT
A 21-year-old man died after being beaten, tied up in public and choked with a belt in a tourist district of Puerto Rico, police said Monday. Three men were arrested but authorities were seeking "many more" who apparently either witnessed or took part in the attack, detective Angel Rivera Casillas said. The other suspects fled before police arrived. Rivera said several aggressors beat and tied Omar Rodriguez Almodovar in front of witnesses outside a bar, then dragged him into the restroom of the 101 Lounge and choked him with a belt. The motive behind the attack on the Puerto Rican man was unknown, Rivera said. The killing took place about 2:30 a.m. Saturday in Isla Verde, a beach-side strip in the San Juan suburb of Carolina that has some of Puerto Rico's top hotels. Police were called but authorities blamed security guards and bystanders for not doing more to halt the slaying or provide more information to investigators. "The responsibility falls on all of us," Carolina Police Cmdr. Juan Torres said. "We are doing the best we can but we have to have the public's cooperation."

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