A man arrested by National Crime Agency officers in connection with the murder of a man on the Costa Del Sol has now been extradited to Spain.

Suspect arrestedThe suspect, a 21-year-old British man, was apprehended by armed NCA officers near the Crown Point retail park in Leeds just before Christmas.

He is wanted after 19-year-old Ulrich Perez was stabbed in an alleged road rage incident in Estepona on 18 November.

The victim was almost run over by a car at a pedestrian crossing and the driver, who had initially left the scene, returned a few minutes later and stabbed the victim in the heart. The attack happened in broad daylight outside the victim’s home.

A European Arrest Warrant was issued for the suspect’s arrest and NCA officers, working closely with Spanish National Police in Estepona, detained him on Tuesday [22 December]. His extradition was confirmed yesterday [20 January] and he will now face trial.

Steve Reynolds from the NCA’s international liaison network said: “This was a horrific crime, and we worked closely with our Spanish partners to track this suspect down in the UK and have him taken to Spain to now face trial.

“We work closely with international partners across the globe to track down fugitives and ensure that nowhere is a safe haven.”

21 January 2021