Story By: William McGee, Sub-Editor: Marija Stojkoska, Agency: Newsflash
This is the moment cops arrest a fugitive from justice who had evaded capture for nearly two years as he sits down to get his COVID jab.
Police officers arrested Javier Salaverry Gabarain when he went to get his COVID-19 jab in the Argentine city of Mar del Plata on 11th July.
He had been wanted since 2019 for attempted murder and criminal injury.
Cops posing as healthcare workers arrested the 40-year-old suspect after he arrived at the Mar modern art museum, which was being used as a makeshift vaccination centre, and sat down to be jabbed.
Salaverry is accused of striking a neighbour several times in the head with a machete following an argument between the pair in the street in the town of Merlo.
The victim suffered several cuts and a fractured skull and was taken to hospital in a serious condition.
The police launched the operation to arrest the suspect after learning he had applied to be vaccinated.
Salaverry had previously been a fugitive from justice for over 15 years after being found guilty in absentia of shooting dead 28-year-old Mar del Plata police officer Cristian Agusti in 2003.
Agusti, who had just become a dad, was shot dead by Salaverry and three accomplices during an armed robbery, which also saw Agusti’s colleague, Cristian Fournier, wounded by a bullet.
Salaverry was the only one of the four perpetrators who was never caught, and his prison sentence was scrapped in 2019 due to Argentine statute-of-limitations laws.
After his jail sentence was overturned, Salaverry reappeared briefly, only to go on the run again shortly afterwards following his latest crime.
He was taken into preventive custody following his arrest and now awaits trial.