One of Europes ‘most wanted men’ was found after a long hunt for being associated and possible accomplice in Krakow gang violence and the murder of a football fan. The 28-year-old, Piotr Kupiec was high up on Interpol’s list of most wanted men for being linked with the murder of a fellow football fan, as well as this he was wanted for “injury causing death/manslaughter/murder and assault/maltreatment and theft”. When we hear of people that are hiding from being arrested for such crimes, we picture awful people that look dangerous and are violent, however, Kupiec took a different tactic; he hid in pure sight!
Kupiec, who stabbed another man who later died from the knife injuries in 2007, was working in the small village of Devizes in a local Subway branch, behind the deli counter building foot long sandwiches day in and day out. It is thought he had been working here for 4 out of the 8 years he had been on the most wanted list since the crime was committed. To make matters worse, the main lunchtime rush in the Subway branch Kupiec was working in consisted of police officers looking to grab a fresh sandwich on break from the station, 270 yards up the road. Customers had grown to know and love the Polish man that served them their lunch day in day out, including police officers.
According to Polish media, British police have already arrested the ‘thought to be’ criminal with the same name in 2009 and 2010 but both times they had the wrong man. Wiltshire police spoke out about the embarrassing case and stated, “At 7.50pm on 13 January 2016 Wiltshire Police officers executed an arrest warrant on behalf of Interpol. They attended Subway, in London Road, Devizes, and arrested a 28-year-old Polish man in connection with an investigation into a murder in Poland. He is in custody and is being dealt with by Interpol.” Police are treating this as a “good result” as opposed to an embarassing hiccup due to finally arresting him. Once more the criminals employer at Subway spoke out saying, “We can confirm that a staff member at the Devizes Subway franchise in Wiltshire was arrested on Wednesday 13 January 2016 in relation to a matter not connected with the store. He provided the valid identification and documents required to gain employment at the time he was hired. As this is now being investigated by the police, we are unable to comment further.”.
All in all, watch out for who serves you your sandwich in the future, you never know who is on the most wanted list!