British fugitive caught in Fuengirola four years after fatal shooting of 19-year-old student

The man was tracked down to a hotel in Fuengirola.
The man was tracked down to a hotel in Fuengirola. / SUR
  • The UK authorities had issued a European Arrest Warrant for the man in connection with the killing which occurred during a gunfight between rival gangs in Blackburn in 2016

National Police in Fuengirola have arrested a fugitive, subject of a European Arrest Warrant issued by the British authorities in connection with the murder of a 19-year-old in 2016 and another attempted murder.

The incident, which took place in Blackburn (Lancashire, UK) on 17 May 2016, saw the student caught in the middle of a gunfight between two rival gangs and was allegedly shot by the suspect from the passenger seat of a car. He has been on the run ever since.

In June the National Police learned that this individual could be in Spain after fleeing from the UK to Portugal. Through collaboration with the British authorities, it was suspected that the fugitive had taken refuge in a small town in the province of Huelva, where he was staying in a hotel with his partner, using his brother's passport to avoid being located.

After further investigation identified the vehicle he was using, this allowed police to track him across southern Spain to Mijas. As a result, a series of checks were carried out on hotels in nearby towns, eventually locating him in a hotel in Fuengirola where he was arrested.

Despite warnings from British police that the man could have been carrying firearms and is known to behave in an extremely violent manner, the arrest was carried out quickly and safely.