Dramatic video footage has captured the massive police operation leading up to the arrest of the man wanted in connection with horrific acid attack in Cártama that left two young women seriously injured.
A four-day manhunt for José Arcadio DN - the former boyfriend of one of the victims – was brought to an end on Friday night after a police operation involving around 200 officers.
Earlier this week, at the wheel of a 320-horsepower Volkswagen Golf, the wanted man managed to escape police on the Costa del Sol driving at speeds of more than 200 km/h.
This time, when he discovered he was cornered in Mijas, he fled on a Yamaha motorbike with a top speed of 160 km/h. But he didn’t get far and after colliding with an unmarked Guardia Civil, he abandoned the motorcycle and fled on foot.
Around 200 police officers were deployed to block off all exits from the area where he was believed to be hiding and members of the Guardia Civil’s elite Rapid Action Group were brought in. National Police and Local Police officers from Mijas, Fuengirola, Coín and Alhaurín el Grande, also joined the search.
From the air, National Police and the Guardia Civil helicopters, equipped with thermal cameras, supported the operation.
A 11pm on Friday the wanted man was finally found hiding in an abandoned farmhouse and he was arrested.
Sandra and Cristina, the two young women who were sprayed with acid in the attack in Cártama on Tuesday, remain in a serious condition in hospital after suffering chemical burns. Sandra, who was the suspect’s ex-girlfriend, remains in the Intensive Care Unit of the Virgen del Rocío Hospital in Seville. Cristina is still in the Regional Hospital of Malaga.