Honduras makes arrest in killing of Filipino sailor

Posted at 04/09/2014 2:22 AM | Updated as of 04/09/2014 12:10 PM

TEGUCIGALPA - Honduras has arrested the suspected killer of a Filipino working as a crew member on a cruise ship, authorities said Monday.

The victim of Sunday's shooting during a port call was identified as Gavan Yaycob, 27, the Honduran Tourism Institute said.

The detainee was not identified. The arrest was announced on Twitter by the National Council of Defense and Security.

That panel is made up of President Juan Orlando Hernandez, several ministers, prosecutors and judges.

Yaycob was shot Sunday on the Caribbean resort island of Roatan, 500 kilometers (300 miles) north of Tegucigalpa.

He was a crew member on a cruise ship that had docked there that same day.

About two million tourists visited Honduras' Caribbean islands last year, about half of them going to Roatan.

Honduras has the highest murder rate in the world, but the islands have been largely insulated from the drug and gang violence wracking the mainland.