Australia's 'Most Wanted Man' Malcolm Naden Arrested In Midnight Raid

Australia's 'Most Wanted Man' Captured

The 'most wanted man in Australia' has been captured in a midnight raid by officers after evading capture for seven years.

Wilderness expert Malcolm Naden went on the run in 2005 suspected of murdering his 24-year-old cousin Kristy Scholes.

Scholes was found strangled in a bedroom of a house in Dubbo on 23 June, 2005.

According to reports Naden survived in the wild by killing kangaroos and other animals to eat, while occasionally stealing weapons and other supplies from unoccupied homes.

The 38-year-old former abattoir worker evaded police capture despite a raid on his makeshift camp near the Nowendoc village in December 2011.

Police eventually located Naden, heavily bearded, barefoot and wearing "muddy clothes" in a house in New South Wales, and surrounded it with armed officers and police dogs at midnight on Wednesday.

Naden reportedly attempted to escape through a back door but was bitten on the shin by a police dog, was subdued by police and taken into custody.

Above: A police dog named Chuck sits on the ground after assisting in the capture of fugitive Malcolm Naden on a property outside of Gloucester, Australia,

Police said Naden is now in "good health". He will apparently be given a McDonald's for breakfast, but has now been charged for the murder of Scholes as well as the attempted murder of a police officer, and two counts of aggravated indecent assault on a 15-year-old girl in 2004.

A reward of around £66,000 (AUS $100,000) was offered for Naden's capture, the first time such a reward had been offered in Australia since the legendary 19th century hunt for Ned Kelly.

New South Wales Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione thanked officers for their work in the multi-million dollar investigation.

He said: "The arrest of this man this morning marks the end of a very difficult and lengthy investigation and search operation by NSW Police."


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