Police have arrested a convicted fugitive wanted for over five years after they tracked the man down to a secret room in the attic of his mother’s home in Wallonia, according to reports on Friday.
Erduan Zariqi was wanted by Belgium’s Fugitive Active Search Team (FAST) since 2017. He was thought to have fled to Kosovo, but FAST and local police agents found the man in a hidden room in the attic of his mother’s home on Thursday, according to De Standaard.
He was convicted in 2017 for his involvement in a car chase in which he and three other individuals opened fire at police.
DNA, fingerprints and tools for opening safes were found in the car, according to the outlet.
An appeals court convicted Zariqi to 42 months in prison for theft with violence and weapons, but the man eluded the police, after which a European Arrest Warrant was issued.
He has now reportedly been taken to a prison in Huy.