‘Highly dangerous’ British fugitive arrested in Tenerife
A ‘HIGHLY dangerous’ British fugitive has been arrested by Spanish Police and is on his way back to jail.
Convicted armed robber Aaron Williams, from Salford, was detained at a luxury Tenerife resort after he used a family member’s passport to leave the UK last year. He is said to have a strong physical resemblance to his relative.
He was in breach of parole conditions after he was let out of jail while serving 12 years for armed robbery and escaping from custody.
An international arrest warrant was put out on him and he was finally tracked to a hotel in Playa Paraiso in Santa Cruz.
A Greater Manchester Police (GMP) spokesman said: “We are aware of an arrest carried out by the Spanish National Police in Tenerife following a European Arrest Warrant.
The 33-year-old was arrested by heavily armed Spanish National Police after he was traced by GMP investigators.
Williams had originally been arrested in 2007 during a robbery in Swinton, but he managed to conceal a mobile phone in his clothes.
With this he managed to coordinate a fake kidnapping, with three hooded men attacked police with knives as he arrived at Salford Magistrates Court.
Only six days after the escape, he took part in an assault on the Nationwide Building Society in Pocklington, East Yorkshire.
He was heard to shout: “Don’t let them get me” as police arrived, and three of his companions assaulted a police officer who was chasing them.
Williams was later arrested by two off duty police officers who spotted him. They were both awarded for their bravery.
Hull Crown Court jailed him for 12 years in 2008 for armed robbery and escaping from lawful custody. Last year he was released on licence on the condition he surrendered his passport and did not leave the country without the permission of his probation officer.