Most wanted fugitive arrested in Spain 48h after police made public appeal

Most wanted fugitive arrested in Spain 48h after police made public appeal Credit: Twitter @Policia

The fugitive was arrested by police only 48 hours since the publication of the most wanted list, thanks to the information provided by a citizen in which he gave his place of residence.

The news of the arrest of the fugitive was published on Twitter by the Spanish National Police who thanked the public for their help.

“🚩Thanks to citizen collaboration there are 9 #MostWanted #Fugitives.
👉🏻#Arrested in #Madrid one of #LosMásMusBuscados by @policia
Any information that helps to locate him will be treated confidentially en👇🏻
or at 0️⃣9️⃣1️⃣
#WeAreYourPolice,” read the tweet by the Spanish National Police announcing the arrest of the fugitive.

Credit: Twitter @Policia

At the moment the fugitive was leaving his home, the police proceeded to arrest him, however they had to take refuge in the same doorway and wait for the intervention of reinforcements from the UPR as neighbours tried to prevent the arrest.

Manuel Bellido Moreno is considered to be the biggest currency counterfeiter in Spain and was wanted by eight courts, including an international extradition order.

The Spanish National Police launched a public appeal, two days prior to the arrest of the fugitive, stating:

The collaboration of citizens can be decisive in locating the fugitives, which is why a specific e-mail address has been set up,, so that citizens who believe they have any information that could lead to their location can communicate it to investigators in complete confidentiality.

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