16 Jan, 2021 @ 17:22
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Breaking: Cartama acid attack suspect arrested hiding out on Spain’s Costa del Sol

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A MAN suspected of carrying out an horrific acid attack on his former girlfriend and another woman in Cartama on Tuesday has been arrested.

Officers closed in on the suspect, 26-year-old Jose Arcadio, late last night in a property in the Las Lagunas area of Mijas after four days on the run from police.

Earlier that day, the suspect, known as El Melillero, was spotted riding through Mijas on a moped with another man, thought to be a friend.

In an attempt to evade capture, Arcadio struck one of the police vehicles with his bike before fleeing with his accomplice.

Further investigations led officers to a property later that night, thought to be linked to the fugitive, and carried out surveillance until they could confirm that the wanted man was inside.

Upon realising that he was cornered, Arcadio attempted to flee the house on a high powered Yamaha XS motorcycle.


Officers took chase but it was not long before the Melilla native lost control and crashed, allowing officers from the Guardi Civil and the Rapid Action Group to make an arrest.

Also arrested were five other men in the house, believed to be involved in the same criminal gang as Arcadio, accused of helping to conceal his whereabouts.

Yannick has already seven previous warrants out for his arrest and 20 previous arrests for manslaughter, domestic violence and attacking a police officer.

He also was due to appear in court this week for a violent attack on a former partner in a Marbella nightclub in 2016.

According to sources clos to the operation, Arcadio did not resist arrest despite desperate attempts to evade capture.

On Thursday, he ran a police checkpoint in his grey VW Golf R, narrowly avoiding waiting police officers and causing a 200kph police chase along the A-7 before abandoning the car and disappearing.

Arcadio became one of Spain’s most wanted men after a vicious acid attack on Tuesday which left his ex girlfriend and another woman with 70% burns to their faces and necks.

James Warren

"James spent three years spent working as a junior writer at various English language newspapers in Spain before finding a home at the Olive Press. He previously worked for many years as a bid writer for an international motorsports company. Based in Cordoba since 2014, James covers the southern Subbetica region, northern and inland Malaga and the Axarquia area. Get in touch at [email protected] with news or trustworthy tips that you would like him to cover in these areas"

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