EXCLUSIVE: Man arrested in Leeds over 'road rage murder' of teen on Costa Del Sol named
A MAN arrested in Leeds in connection with an international manhunt for the suspected killer of a teenager stabbed to death in an alleged road rage attack on the Costa Del Sol has appeared in court.
Lewis Harry Briggs, 22, was arrested by armed officers from the National Crime Agency (NCA) near the Crown Point Shopping area of the city on December 22.
It was on a European Arrest Warrant from Spain in connection with the murder of 19-year-old Ulrich Perez who died after being stabbed in the heart in Estepona on 18 November.
Briggs appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court last Wednesday and did not contest his extradition to Spain.
He was remanded in custody ahead of extradition as there are delays due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The attack happened after the cinema worker rowed with a man driving a UK-registered white Mercedes who he reportedly accused of nearly running him over at a zebra crossing.
The victim was returning from a local supermarket to the home he shared with his parents and two siblings at about 2.30pm.
The Mercedes (pictured above) was later seized after it was found by police about 12 miles away near Marbella about to be shipped from the country.
The NCA said the suspect fled to the UK after the killing.
An NCA spokeswoman said: "The victim was almost run over by a car at a pedestrian crossing and the driver, who had initially left the scene, returned a few minutes later and stabbed the victim in the heart. The attack happened in broad daylight outside the victim’s home."
Paul Owen, Operations Manager at the NCA, said: “We are pleased to have been part of catching a suspected killer and bringing some sense of justice for the victim’s family. “The NCA works closely with international partners to ensure that nowhere is a safe haven for suspected criminals - no matter where you hide, the authorities will catch up with you and you will face justice.”