SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Authorities arrested a local Teamsters official and two union members Wednesday and charged them with 97 counts of first-degree murder for the 1986 Dupont Plaza Hotel fire.
The Commonwealth Department of Justice said Manuel de Jesus Santiago Rios, vice president of Teamsters Local 901 in 1986, and union members Luis Muniz Marquez and Luis Vega Rios were arrested by agents of the Special Investigations Bureau.
Santiago Rios, now a union trustee, and Muniz Marquez, a kitchen worker and union delegate, were charged in District Court with 97 counts each of first-degree murder, plus other charges of arson, sowing destruction, conspiracy and perjury. Vega Rios, a hotel butcher, faced all but the perjury charge.
Documents Allege Role
The arrests came one day after documents charging that Santiago Rios and Muniz Marquez ordered the blaze at the Dupont Plaza were filed in a civil lawsuit brought by two insurance companies.