U.S. tourist shot in robbery dies after long struggle

A 31-year-old U.S. tourist who inexplicably ended up in a dangerous section of Desamparados has died at Hospital San Juan de Dios.

The man was identified as Steve Flesch by the Judicial Investigating Organization. He was shot in the head in the afternoon of April 2 when he was confronted by a gang. He died today.

Judicial agents said the Wisconsin was walking in Torremolinos en Desamparados about 1:50 p.m. when he was confronted by the gang and taken to a nearby side street at gunpoint. The robbers took his possession and one shot him in the head.

During a series of 5 a.m. raids April 30 judicial agents detained two adults, both 19, and three minors, 15, 16 and 17, on suspicion of being involved in the crime. They are being held.

That section of Desamparados has seen a wave of robberies, including one in which a taxi driver killed one assailant and wounded another.

There was no explanation as to why the U.S. tourist was in that section of the Central Valley.

Robbers have been known to use a ploy to lure a tourist to some area on a pretext and then commit a crime. The lure sometimes can be the promise of drugs or a meeting with a female.

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