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US drunk driving killer found in Spain after 3 years on run

Christopher Ponce was arrested in Almeria with a fake Mexican passport after three years on the run for a drunk driving death in Florida.

US drunk driving killer found in Spain after 3 years on run
Chris Ponce was arrested with a fake Mexican passport. Photo: Interpol

The parents of 20-year-old William Angel had never given up their battle to bring the man responsible for their son’s death on June 19th, 2012 to justice.

They had spent hours trawling social media in the hope of finding a trace of Ponce, who went on the run after cutting of his ankle-monitoring bracelet while on bail awaiting trail for DUI manslaughter.

But in the end it was a casual encounter at Almeria bus station that ended the three year manhunt.

A patrol unit became suspicious after Ponce attempted to sidle away towards the toilets as they entered the bus station on Monday evening. On requesting his ID card, he presented a travel card in one name and a fake Mexican passport in another, so officers took him down the station for formal identification.

Finger prints revealed he was a fugitive on Interpol’s wanted list.

Ponce, who had a previous DUI arrest and whose driving license had been suspended, is accused of driving drunk in the wrong direction on a highway when he slamming head-on into another car.

The crash killed 20-year-old William Angel and seriously injured two of his friends.

A toxicology report revealed that Ponce's blood-alcohol level was almost twice the legal limit and he was placed on house arrest with an ankle monitor pending trial until he went on the run in May 2013.

He is now facing extradition to the United States.

The parents of his victim announced news of Ponce’s arrest on the FindChrisPonce.com website calling it a “great day” adding that they also want those that helped him escape to face charges.

They also posted the announcement on the Find Chris Ponce facebook page.

Sgt Steve Gaskins, an officer from Tampa police force involved in the case tweeted a shot of the Interpol most wanted notice.

 

 

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FUGITIVE

Police launch manhunt for British fugitive thought to be on run in Ibiza

Essex police are offering a reward of £10,000 for information to help them catch Bradley Blundell, a murder suspect thought to be hiding out in Ibiza.

Police launch manhunt for British fugitive thought to be on run in Ibiza
Heave you see this man? Photo: Crimestoppers

The 18-year-old is wanted over the murder of John Pordage, 34, who was shot in the chest during a roadside confrontation outside a petrol station in Chelmsford, Essex last summer.

Two other teenagers have already been arrested and tried in connection with the murder but it is alleged that Blundell was the one who pulled the trigger.

A European arrest warrant has been issued for Blundell and Crimestoppers are offering £10,000 for information on his whereabouts.

Senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Martin Pasmore, of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said:  “We’ve received information to say he may be using Ibiza as a place to hide, although it is not known where he is at present. 

We have also had information to suggest he has friends who regularly visit Ibiza. We remain determined to locate Bradley Blundell and bring him to trial.“

“I appeal to Bradley to give himself up. We will never give up searching for him and we are liaising with the National Crime Agency and colleagues abroad to locate him”. “We also have a European Arrest Warrant in place to facilitate his capture and there is a reward via the Crimestoppers charity for up to £10,000 for information leading to his arrest”. 

“Bradley and those advising him need to consider whether he should live a life on the run; never knowing whether an arrest is imminent. It makes sense for Bradley to come forward and face trial now. He will of course have a fair trial and have the opportunity to explain what happened from his point of view. I’m not pre-empting any result but the fact is that as a juvenile, if he were to be convicted and sentenced to imprisonment in the near future, he would still be freed as a relatively young man. The day will come when Bradley will face trial. It is very much in everyone’s interest to do that sooner rather than later.” 

To be eligible for the reward of up to £10,000, please contact the Crimestoppers charity 100 percent anonymously. Anyone in the Balearic Islands or Spain who has information about Blundell’s whereabouts can call Crimestoppers on freephone 900 555 111 or use the anonymous online form at Crimestoppers-uk.org.