Suspected killer of British businessman arrested in Argentina

A man sought by police in Argentina on suspicion of killing a British businessman outside a five star hotel has been arrested.

Angel Eduardo Lozano Azuaje, a 21-year-old Venezuelan, was intercepted by officers 1,000 miles north of Buenos Aires, on a bus heading towards Bolivia.

Police sources told Clarin newspaper that the suspect was captured after his girlfriend was interviewed by officials and reportedly provided key information on his whereabouts. 

After she was interviewed on Sunday, officers were able to locate the northbound bus on which he was travelling.

Police suspect that Lozano was one of the men filmed getting out of a grey Chevrolet outside the Fauna hotel, where Mr Gibbard was killed and his stepson Stefan Zone was injured.

Lozano had recently entered the country via Argentina’s northern border. He will be brought to Buenos Aires this morning. 

Police are still hunting more suspects, including the gang’s ‘marker’ – the individual tasked with observing tourists at Ezeiza airport, and choosing the victims of subsequent thefts.

Four suspects are already in custody, although it is understood that none of them were directly involved in the attack on Saturday.

One is thought to be the gang leader, who organised the logistics behind the operation, including arranging the cars and motorbikes.

Yesterday, it emerged that the gang held welcome signs in the airport arrivals hall as cover to spot wealthy tourists.

Property magnate Matthew Gibbard and his family arrived at Ezeiza International Airport in Buenos Aires on Saturday morning, and were identified as targets because of their “high-end watches”, according to a spokesman for the Ministry of Justice and Security in Argentina.

CCTV shows that they were followed to their five star hotel across town, where Mr Gibbard, 50, and his stepson Stefan Zone, 28 were held up and shot while trying to fight off their attackers.

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Yesterday, Tom Hartley, a friend of Mr Gibbard’s described how the businessman enjoyed fast cars and helicopters.

“He was a petrol head and a big super car collector,” Mr Hartley told The Times. 

“He had at least half a dozen Ferraris. He used to fly his own helicopter too, which he kept at his home.”

On Sunday, the president, Alberto Fernandez branded the incident “atrocious” adding: “We must be severe, we cannot tolerate this."

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