Alleged paedophile arrested

The National Police have arrested a man alleged to be the paedophile who kidnapped and abused five children in Madrid over a period of several months.

The suspect was detained in Santander, Cantabria province, on Wednesday, where he was said to have been ‘lying low’.

The suspect, a 42-year-old Spaniard, reportedly has a long criminal record that includes kidnappings, illegal detentions, robberies and even a seven-year conviction for sexually abusing a six-year-old girl. The suspect had apparently also served time in prison the 1990s.

His victims were minors with no relationship to him, which made the investigation more difficult. He allegedly kidnapped five girls between the ages of five and 11 and attempted to abduct three more, always in the Madrid district of Ciudad Lineal, where he has his primary residence.

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