Wednesday 26 October 2016

Dublin man held in Spain on tiger kidnap charges

Suspect Jeffrey Melvin (34)
Suspect Jeffrey Melvin (34)

Police in Spain have ­arrested fugitive tiger kidnapping ­suspect Jeffrey Melvin.

The 34-year-old was held at Alicante Airport on foot of a European Arrest Warrant.

Melvin, from Lucan in West Dublin, disappeared in 2012 while on bail for his alleged involvement in a tiger raid in the capital in January 2010.

He was accused of robbing €140,000 cash from Brinks Allied employee Reginald ­Shannon and also falsely imprisoning him, Angela Shannon and a child at the property in Dublin's Bath Avenue.

A Spanish National Police spokesman confirmed the arrest yesterday.

"The National Police have arrested at Alicante Airport an Irish fugitive accused of committing 11 crimes in his country," a statement read.

"He was living in the province of Alicante with fake ID and adopted high levels of security to avoid being discovered."

A source said: "Jeffrey Melvin is the man who has been arrested."

Reports last year said gardai had been tipped off that Melvin was based in Spain but could be using a fake passport to travel between the Costa Blanca and Ireland.

It was also reported he had been travelling to Australia.

Reginald Shannon's elderly mother and an eight-year-old child, believed to be his niece, were held on January 4, 2010 while the Brinks Allied employee was sent to intercept a cash-in-transit van making a delivery at Bank of Ireland on O'Connell Street.

The female pair were later released unharmed.


A European Arrest Warrant was issued after Melvin failed to show up at court in June 2012.

The Spanish police said the warrant out for Melvin was based on "an indictment issued by the Irish judicial ­authorities for an alleged crime of ­robbery, three counts of illegal ­detention, six counts of illegal possession of firearms, and an alleged crime of membership of a ­criminal organisation".

If he agrees to extradition, he will be flown back to Dublin within the next fortnight. He is expected to be held in jail until his future is decided.

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