RIO DE JANEIRO - Police in Rio de Janeiro have arrested a third suspect after the weekend rape and kidnapping of a foreign student that shocked residents and once again raised concerns about security in Brazil ahead of the World Cup, Olympics and other major international events in the coming years.
The man was detained late on Monday, following the arrest of two other suspects on Saturday, in Brazil's second-biggest city which is preparing for World Youth Day in July, a gathering of young Catholics expected to attract more than 2 million people, and the Confederations Cup, a June warmup for next year's soccer World Cup.
Police said the crime happened early on Saturday after the student and her boyfriend hailed a van operated by the three suspects as it passed through the touristy seaside neighborhood of Copacabana. Minivans are used by millions of residents in Rio as an alternative to packed buses and subway trains.
Instead of taking the couple to their intended destination in central Rio, the suspects, three men between the ages of 20 and 22, forced other passengers to leave the van and then proceeded to rape the woman and beat her boyfriend with a metal rod, police said.