August 20, 2014
Suspect arrested in connection with New Zealand tourist murder
By Jayson McNamara
Mendoza Police say they have detained one person suspected of being involved in the murder of 31-year-old New Zealand man Nicholas Heyward on Monday, in the city's San Martin park.
"There were raids today and we have detained one person in connection to the crime" of Nicholas Heyward, provincial Police Chief Juan Carlos Caleri told the Herald.
"At this stage I cannot give further details, though we may be able to release more information tomorrow," he added. "The person is being treated as a suspect."
Nicholas Hugh Heyward, 31, was shot dead in the General San Martín park in the western province on Monday afternoon, when he was walking through the popular tourist destination in the company of two other foreign nationals who witnessed the event.
Heyward had been approached by two men — believed to be teenagers — on a motorcycle. The adventure traveller had allegedly resisted their attempts to steal his backpack, before he was shot in the neck and chest. He died on the scene.
Police in Mendoza are offering a 40,000-peso reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for the crime.