Four suspects including woman, 19, are arrested for kidnapping and stabbing to death US comic after he went on a date with woman during his Colombia vacation

  • Sharit Mejía, 19; Santiago Bustamente, 25; Andrés Hincapía, 36; and a 17-year-old boy were arrested in Medellín last week for the murder of Tou Ger Xiong
  • Xiong, a Minnesota resident, went on a date with Mejía on December 10, 2023
  • The 50-year-old was kidnapped and the suspects reached out to his friend in the United States demanded a $2,000 ransom before they killed him

Four people, including a 19-year-old woman, are now under arrest in connection with the kidnapping and murder of an American community leader and comedian she allegedly lured to his death in Colombia.

St. Paul, Minnesota resident Tou Ger Xiong, 50, was found dead in Medellín on December 11, a day after he went on a date with Sharit Mejía.

Mejía and her accomplices, Santiago Bustamente, 25, and Andrés Hincapía, 36, were apprehended last Tuesday, the Attorney General’s Office said in a statement Thursday.

A 17-year-old boy, whose name is being withheld because of his age, was arrested Wednesday.

Andrés Hincapié (second from left), Santiago Bustamante (third from right) and Sharit Mejía (second from right) were arrested Tuesday in Medellín, Colombia in connection with the murder of Minnesota resident Tou Ger Xiong, who was kidnapped December 10, 2023 and found dead the following day
American community activist and comedian Tou Ger Xiong was lured to his death in Medellín, Colombian in December by a 19-year-old woman he met on social media

The defendants are being charged with aggravated extortionate kidnapping and aggravated homicide.

‘We know it cannot bring Tou Ger back, but we also have a sense of justice,’ Xiong’s brother, Eh Xiong, told CBS affiliate WCOO.

Prosecutors said Tou Ger Xiong went to Mejía’s home in the Medellín neighborhood of Robledo before he was abducted.

His captors contacted his friend in the United States demanding $2,000 to secure his release before they murdered him.

Xiong’s Facebook contained a video clip of a dinner date he had with Mejía last October.

Colombian cops read Andrés Hincapié his rights while arresting him Tuesday in Medellín
Cops in Medellín, Colombia arrested Sharit Mejía on Tuesday for her role in the murder of American comedian Tou Ger Xiong
Santiago Bustamante is among the four suspects, including a 17-year-old boy, who were arrested in Medellín, Colombia on Tuesday in connection with the kidnapping and murder of Tou Ger Xiong in December 2023

‘This is Korean food with my girl,’ the victim could he heard saying behind the cellphone camera.

Xiong also shared a video of him attending a concert of Colombia singer Karol G just a week before his death. Mejía appears briefly in the 31-second recording.

Eh Xiong said he previously interacted with Mejía and was shocked by her involvement.

‘To have that kind of betrayal just breaks my heart,’ he said. ‘If they were able to do this to my brother, they can do it to someone else too.’

The deaths of Xiong and seven other American men between November 1 and December 31, 2023 led the U.S. Department of State to issue a warning against the use of dating apps in Colombia.

The U.S. government labeled the deaths as ‘suspicious,’ which pointed ‘to possible drugging, robbery, and overdose, and several involve the use of online dating applications.’

The advisory cautioned Americans that if they are going to meet stranger for the first time, ‘they should strongly consider meeting only in public places and avoiding isolated locations, such as residences or hotel rooms, where crimes are most likely to occur.’

It is also recommended that if Americans decide to invite a person they met to a home or hotel, they speak to the ‘attendant/concierge beforehand and establish a policy as to what information your new visitor should provide before being authorized entry (photo of identification, etc.) and what process should be followed when your visitor departs.’

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