Fugitive Headed Back to UK After Poolside Arrest

Andrew Moran dramatically escaped during his 2009 trial

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted May 13, 2013 8:40 AM CDT

(Newser) – The last fugitive on a UK Crimestoppers hit list has agreed to be extradited back to Britain, after an arrest almost as dramatic as his original escape. Police captured convicted machete-wielding robber Andrew Moran while he was relaxing poolside with his girlfriend at a luxury villa in Spain, the Telegraph reports. Photos show masked police crouching behind walls to creep up on Moran. When he spotted them, he tried to jump onto a nearby roof, but police hauled him to the ground and handcuffed him.

Moran was convicted in absentia of a 2005 armed robbery committed with a machete, a baseball bat, and a handgun. He escaped during his 2009 trial, after attacking his guards and leaping over the dock. Police have just revealed that he evaded capture yet again in November, in a car chase that saw him ram two unmarked police cars and then drive the wrong way down a busy street, the BBC reports. Police say they recovered two handguns and a machete during his Friday arrest, according to the Independent.

British fugitive Andrew Moran is arrested next to the pool of a luxury villa in Alicante, Spain, Friday, May 10, 2013.
British fugitive Andrew Moran is arrested next to the pool of a luxury villa in Alicante, Spain, Friday, May 10, 2013.   (AP Photo / Spanish National Police/SOCA)
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