Where was Daniel Khalife arrested? Manhunt ends with arrest

Where was Daniel Khalife arrested? Manhunt ends with arrest

Police dogs, a helicopter and officers were searching in back gardens which eventually led to Khalife being captured and arrested.

The Metropolitan Police previously noted the former soldier’s “ingenuity” as he managed to hold on to strapping on the underside of a delivery lorry to escape from HMP Wandsworth.

It wasn’t until two days after the escape that the force had confirmed sightings of the former soldier – this appeared to be when the police honed in on the 21-year-old.

East London Advertiser: Daniel Khalife was found on the fourth day after his escape from HMP WandsworthDaniel Khalife was found on the fourth day after his escape from HMP Wandsworth (Image: Metropolitan Police/PA)

How Daniel Khalife was found and arrested

Before any sightings had been confirmed, the police searched the Richmond Park area on Friday morning.

A member of the public reported seeing a man matching Khalife’s description walking away from a Bidfood van that had stopped near the south entrance to Wandsworth Roundabout shortly after his escape, the force said.

On Friday evening, Commander Dominic Murphy said that police conducted an intelligence-led search at a residential property in the Richmond area.

Mr Murphy wouldn’t say whether or not the address that was being searched in the Richmond borough was linked to Khalife by family or associates.

The counter-terrorism officer said the force had been “deploying resources throughout the night”.

He said: “We had the helicopter up, we had dogs, we had an awful lot of resource.

“I’m aware that it caused some concern for residents seeing police officers trying to search around their houses and in some cases, I’ve heard on the media… in their back gardens.

“This was all in an effort to try and locate Daniel Khalife.”

East London Advertiser: Daniel Khalife was pulled off a push bike by an plain-clothed officer on Saturday morningDaniel Khalife was pulled off a push bike by an plain-clothed officer on Saturday morning (Image: PA Graphics)

Plain-clothed officer pulled Daniel Khalife off push bike

Mr Murphy said that after police searched the residential address in Richmond, they received a call at around 2am or 3am from a member of the public who had seen Khalife in the streets in Chiswick.

He told reporters: “We then deployed officers there and we subsequently had further sightings in the Church Street and Chiswick Mall area, where again we deployed a number of officers.

“We consider those to be confirmed sightings of him.

“And then as a result of that activity, and clearly a number of other intelligence checks that we were doing at the time, we continued to deploy officers in that area, that’s when he was found this morning at 10.41am.”

Eventually, Khalife was found on a canal towpath in Northolt, west London, around eight miles from where he was last seen by a member of the public.

The former soldier was captured at 10.41am on Saturday after being pulled off a push bike by a plain-clothed counter terrorism officer.

Asked for further detail on the arrest, Mr Murphy told the PA news agency: “The officer was responding as part of our search strategy following the call from the members of the public.

“And of course, we work really closely with intelligence partners here in counter-terrorism.

“The officer was in that area as a result of being tasked to search for Daniel, saw him on a pedal cycle, was able to pull him off that pushbike, and arrest him at that moment in time.”

The national manhunt for Daniel Khalife lasted around 75 hours and he now remains in police custody.


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