Australian fugitive arrested in Philippines

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Posted: Apr 16, 2012 5:19 AM
Australian fugitive arrested in Philippines

Philippine immigration and police agents have arrested Australia's most-wanted man in his home in a posh area of southern Manila.

Police Chief Supt. Benito Estipona said Monday that officers arrested Brett Ronald Maston in Muntinlupa City's Ayala Alabang subdivision. He had apparently hid in the Philippines for years.

The 45-year-old was allegedly involved in a string of bank robberies in his country.

Estipona said Australian authorities had sought Maston's arrest. The immigration bureau issued a deportation warrant and after receiving information of his whereabouts, arrested him Friday.

Estipona says Maston was earlier reported to be armed, but he did not resist arrest and no guns were immediately found in his possession.