A U.S. tourist was killed Wednesday in a robbery in a hostel in Colombia's second largest city, Medellin, according to a news story on colombiareports.com.
It's believed 49-year-old Denis Ian Levy was shot dead in El Tamarindo hostel in the city's El Poblado district shortly after midnight Wednesday. Reports conflict about what happened.
According to Colombian newspaper El Colombiano, two women and one man entered a hostel located near the corner of Calle 7 and Carrera 35, and registered as guests shortly after midnight.
"They searched the tourist's room [...] they asked him to open a box in which they found 20,000 pesos ($11.36) and that's when the problem started," Medellin Police Commander Yesid Vasquez told the paper.
A struggle followed during which Levy was fatally shot and the suspects fled with Levy's valuables.
An anonymous source told Colombia Reports that the assailants did not register with the hostel and that the hostel's receptionist went upstairs to look for more money because the hostel only had 20,000 pesos in its lock box. Levy was using a computer in the reception area when the assailants asked for his wristwatch. He resisted, began to scream, and was shot twice, according to the source.