Honduran police arrest five after 600 lynch mob of Italian

TEGUCIGALPA, July 9 (Reuters) – Honduran police on Friday arrested five suspects for their role in the murder of an Italian, who was lynched by a mob of more than 600 villagers in revenge for the alleged murder of a homeless man. shelter, the government said.

Villagers on Thursday attacked Giorgio Scanu, 65, with stones, sticks and machetes at his residence in the town of Santa Ana de Yusguare, in the Choluteca department of southern Honduras, the ministry said. Security.

The mob came after Scanu after allegedly beating a 78-year-old homeless man to death on Wednesday for damaging ornamental plants in his garden, according to police reports based on complaints from local residents.

“More than 600 angry residents entered the residence and used sticks, stones and machetes to kill the Italian accused of killing Mr. Juan de Dios Flores,” said Rebeca Martinez, spokesman for the Ministry of Security.

Parts of Scanu’s residence and a vehicle were set on fire, Martinez added.

Police arrested five people aged 19 to 55 for the murder of Scanu, a retired engineer who lived in the rural town and has two children and a woman who reside in Tegucigalpa, officials said.

Authorities said they believed his family was Honduran.

Martinez said authorities were looking for others involved in the lynching of Scanu and that police were present at the time, but were unable to stop him due to the size of the crowd.

Reporting by Gustavo Palencia; Writing by Anthony Esposito; Editing by Sandra Maler

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