5 arrested in rapes of Acapulco tourists

A yellow police line reading

A yellow police line reading "Crime Scene" cordons off a crime scene at a beach hotel, where six female Spanish tourists were raped by armed men, in Acapulco February 6, 2013. REUTERS/Jacobo Garcia

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:58 AM ET

Police in Mexico have arrested five suspects in connection with the alleged rapes of six Spanish tourists in Acapulco, Guerrero state Gov. Angel Aguirre Rivero said Sunday, CNN reports.

A brother of one of the suspects claims he was severely beaten by police to force him to confess, CNN Mexico reports.

On Feb. 4, seven gunmen broke into a vacation home and raped six women before they were robbed. Seven other men were tied up with cords and bikini straps while the women were assaulted.

A seventh woman, a Mexican, was not raped because of her nationality, police have said.

The women are between the ages of 20 and 34 and are in police protection in Mexico City.

The gunmen stole cellphones and iPads from the victims before fleeing.

Police said last week they believe the victims bought drugs from some of the suspects days before the attack.


Videos

Photos