Two 19 year old Americans have been arrested while on the trip in Rome over the homicide of an Italian police officer Friday, Italian police informed CNN on Saturday.
The Carabinieri police force stated in an announcement that the pair had been arrested on Friday night for “the crime of increased murder and tried extortion.”
Police called the suspects as Christian Gabriel Natale Hjorth and Finnegan Lee Elder and mentioned each has been from San Francisco. Photographs of the pair haven’t been released.
Italian police officer Mario Cerciello Rega has stabbed eight times at 2 a.m. local time on Friday, within the Prati neighborhood of Rome on Via Pietro Cossa, close to the resort where the two younger men had been staying, police stated. Officer Rega was announced dead at 4:30 a.m.
The police statement mentioned surveillance footage and witness statements had allowed the Capitoline Investigative Unit to recognize the two responsible for the “heinous crime.”
The two people have been arrested inside their hotel room in Rome.
“They have been already prepared to leave the nation,” police mentioned. “Through the search of the hotel room, which was occupied by the two detainees, the murder weapon was discovered and seized, a knife of considerable size, cleverly hidden behind a ceiling panel, as well as the clothes worn through the crime.
“The two, as soon as at the station, have been questioned by the Carabinieri, under the management of the magistrates of the Public Prosecutor of Rome, in the face of overwhelming proof, they confessed to the charge.”