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Seven arrests in Cártama acid attack investigation

José Arcadio DN is captured by police after a four-day manhunt.
José Arcadio DN is captured by police after a four-day manhunt. / SUR / GUARDIA CIVIL
  • Initial enquiries indicate the alleged attacker was accompanied when the two young women had acid thrown over them

Seven people are being questioned by police for aiding and abetting the escape and hiding of a man who was the subject of a huge four-day manhunt after two young women had acid thrown over them leaving them both seriously injured.

Police are also investigating claims that José Arcadio D.N., nicknamed 'El Melillero', was accompanied last Tuesday - the day of the alleged acid attack in Cártama.

Witnesses to the attack said that there were two people in the grey Volkswagen Golf in which the attacker made his escape from the scene. Police investigations will now have to determine if the companion was complicit in the attack.

After the car fled the scene huge mobilisation of 200 officers was involved in a manhunt to locate and detain the wanted man fearing he would try and flee abroad.

Decoys

On Wednesday night the Golf was spotted and up to 20 police vehicles were involved in a chase at speeds of up to 200km/h. A Guardia Civil officer was almost run over at a roadblock but managed to fire a round that pierced the coolant reservoir and the car was found abandoned in Mijas. It was believed that the driver of the car was El Melillero – but sources now suggest it was someone else.

And on the night of the alleged attacker’s arrest on Friday another person was arrested riding a motorbike with a similar appearance to the machine being ridden by El Melillero in an apparent attempt to thrown the police off his trail.

Seven people have now been arrested including José Arcadio DN’s brother.

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.