BENIDORM POLICE have arrested David Grundy, 53, who is wanted in connection with the stabbing of his partner at their home in the Orihuela Costa.
The Local Police officers apprehended Grundy when he returned to a car parked outside the Aparthotel Bermudas in the Rincon de Loix neighbourhood.
He was pinned to the ground by the officers with his trousers by his knees as they checked for weapons, before being handcuffed.
Inside the vehicle, which belonged to neighbours whose house he was looking after, the officers discovered clothes and €4,600 in cash, which they believe he intended to use to leave the country.
Juan Carlos Moragues, a Spanish government representative for the Alicante area, confirmed last Thursday that an international arrest warrant was out for Grundy with an accompanying photo.
He had been missing for five days after his 42-year-old partner, was found with a knife embedded in her back at the home they shared in Orihuela.
Her daughter alerted police and paramedics after she found the victim lying on the floor with a large kitchen knife embedded in her back.
The victim, is still in hospital, in a condition described as “serious but stable,” after an operation to remove the weapon.
Expat Grundy, who worked as a taxi driver and gardener, is understood to have been arrested as he returned to the stolen car, in which he is thought to have been sleeping.
He was later taken to a Guardia Civil station in nearby Pilar de la Horadada.
Benidorm Councillor Lorenzo Martinez said the arrest showed the “efficiency and commitment of the resort’s police force when it comes to making Benidorm a safe city.
He added: “It says a lot about the professionalism of our officers.”