Irishman wanted over Dublin kidnapping arrested by police in Spain

Jeffrey Melvin
Jeffrey Melvin

An Irish man wanted over a kidnapping in Dublin six years ago has been arrested by police in Spain.

Jeffrey Melvin, a 34-year-old from Lucan in Co Dublin, fled in 2012 while on bail for his alleged involvement in a robbery in January 2010.

He is a suspect in the robbery of more than €100,000 from a Brinks Allied employee and also falsely imprisoning him, his mother and a child at the house in Dublin’s Bath Avenue.

A Spanish National Police spokesman confirmed the arrest at Alicante airport on foot of a European Arrest Warrant

“The National Police have arrested at Alicante Airport an Irish fugitive accused of committing 11 crimes in his country,” he said. “He was living in the province of Alicante with fake ID and adopted high levels of security to avoid being discovered.”

On Monday, January 4, a security guard and two members of his family were taken hostage, leading to the theft of more than €100,000.

The Brinks Allied employee was targeted by a gang of four masked and armed men who entered his home off Bath Avenue in Irishtown, Dublin, at 6.30am.

They took his mother, who is in her 70s, and niece hostage and forced him to drive to the Bank of Ireland on O’Connell Street where his company was delivering cash yesterday morning. They also gave him a mobile phone.

The robbery appeared to be well planned as the gang knew a cash delivery was due, and they also knew where the kidnapped man and his family lived.

The employee obtained a quantity of cash from the bank and was directed to go to a hotel car park in Drumcondra in a white Renault van, where he left the vehicle.

The female pair were later released unharmed.

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

Gerard Couzens & Neil Fetherstone