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Brit arrested over murder of teen who was stabbed in heart on the Costa Del Sol

A British man who was the subject of an international manhunt after the death of a teenager in the Costa Del Sol, has been arrested in a shopping centre in Leeds.

The 21-year-old unnamed man has been arrested in connection with the murder of 19-year-old Ulrich Perez who was stabbed in the heart in Spain.

He was apprehended by armed National Crime Agency (NCA) officers in West Yorkshire on Tuesday, December 22.

The suspect fled to the UK after the stabbing in an alleged road rage incident in Estepona on November 18.

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.

The man remains in custody awaiting extradition.

Paul Owen, operations manager at the NCA, said: “We are pleased to have been part of catching a suspected killer and bringing some sense of justice for the victim’s family.

“The NCA works closely with international partners to ensure that nowhere is a safe haven for suspected criminals – no matter where you hide, the authorities will catch up with you and you will face justice.”

A Spanish National Police spokesman said: “We can confirm the arrest on Tuesday of a British man aged 21 in Yorkshire.

“He has been arrested on suspicion of killing a 19-year-man who was fatally stabbed near a shopping centre in Diana Park close to Estepona.

“The homicide happened on November 18 around 2.30pm.

“The fatal stabbing was linked to a road rage argument.

“Police investigations determined that the victim was about to cross a zebra crossing when he was almost run over by a vehicle whose driver had to brake sharply.

“The driver initially left the scene but returned moments after and got out of his car and stabbed the pedestrian in the heart without warning, ending his life virtually instantly before speeding off.

“Nothing could be done to save the victim’s life and he was pronounced dead at the scene.”

The white Mercedes the murder suspect was driving was seized in November on the Costa del Sol as it was about to be removed by a pick-up truck.