Fugitive Who Tired of Life on Sunny Island Turns Self In

'Tenerife is not as nice as it used to be'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 22, 2019 9:50 AM CDT
In this 2013 file photo, a protester stands behind bars.   (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo, File)

(Newser) – A man who says he fled an Austrian prison over a decade ago has turned himself in to police in Salzburg, telling them he was fed up with living in Spain's Canary Islands. Police said the 64-year-old, carrying two suitcases, approached cops at Salzburg's railway station Saturday night and told them he was a fugitive prisoner who'd just arrived from Munich Airport.

They said in a statement Monday that he told officers he had spent the past 10-plus years on Tenerife, a popular vacation island, and wanted to return home because "Tenerife is not as nice as it used to be and he had lived there long enough." Police verified that he'd fled a prison in eastern Austria, reports the AP. He was taken to a Salzburg jail.

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