Australia Finally Nabs Its Most Wanted Man

The wilderness survival expert spent 7 years on the lam
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 22, 2012 9:18 AM CDT
Australia Finally Nabs Its Most Wanted Man
Apparently Malcolm Naden eluded cameras, too. All AP has is photos of this police dog who helped find the man on the lam.   (AP Photo/Simone De Peak, Pool)

Australia's most wanted man, who eluded capture for seven years by hiding in dense forests, was captured and charged with murder today, ending a frustrating and at times violent hunt, police said. Malcolm Naden, 38, was heavily bearded, barefoot, and wearing muddy clothes when New South Wales police found him just after midnight at a remote house near the town of Gloucester, about 160 miles north of Sydney. The former slaughterhouse worker has been charged with the 2005 strangling death of a cousin and other violent crimes.

A police dog bit Naden in the raid, which was prompted by a tip. Police found a loaded semiautomatic rifle on the property but said no shots were fired during the arrest. About 50 officers had been searching for Naden, considered to be a wilderness survival expert, around the clock since December, when police say he shot and wounded an officer during a raid at a campsite. (More Malcolm Naden stories.)

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