Rape suspects in La Fortuna set free

Prosecutors have released the four men suspected of sexually assaulting a 19-year-old female student from the United States, according to a spokesperson at the Judicial Investigating Organization. The men were set free because the woman did not want to pursue with charges, said the spokesperson.

The men, Nicaraguans who were working on a construction site in La Fortuna when they were detained Tuesday, were reported to be the last ones seen with the woman before the reported gang rape took place early Sunday morning. Monday reports surfaced that the female student visiting Costa Rica with classmates had said she was sexually assaulted while returning alone to her lodgings from a bar in La Fortuna.

The judicial agency spokesperson said Wednesday afternoon that the female was with her group visiting Jacó, as the students have another week left before they return to the U.S.

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