U.S. tourist killed in Colombia hostel robbery

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.

CLICK HERE for Colombia Reports' story.

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josievago writes:

Why are people surprised tourist get killed in Colombia, I own a house in Medellin because of my wife’s business and her family lives in Colombia also, I am Mexican American and have traveled throughout central and south America for years and I fit in there as well as speak fluent Spanish. I own a wonderful house but I only go there if I need to. there is no respect for the police and laws are not obeyed, traffic, noise, crime like robbing are a part of life, the police are powerless to stop it, if something happens the police may or may not come and take a report and say were sorry, nothing more, people yelling and screaming like animals all night parting and getting into trouble, my house is in Medellin but have traveled to all parts of Colombia and it is the same everywhere, I read about you ignorant Americans looking to have fun in Colombia and you are too s----- to know what kind of danger you put yourselves in, you are playing with your life’s trying to feel sophisticated and worldly, while there are many kind people in Colombia like my wife’s family, they cannot protect you from the thief network on motorcycles who will kill you for a few dollars and disappear into their crazy traffic, if you go there be careful.

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