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Ambrose Nicholas O’Neill, is known as the 'Running Man', because of his ability to evade cops since a violent robbery in 2007.
Award-winning TV cop PC James Gill managed to catch O'Neill in January as body cam footage showed his hideout in Lincolnshire, which was released by Nottinghamshire Police.
PC Gill said: “The ‘Running Man had been laughing at cops and had been on the run for years and years.
“A piece of intel dropped late in 2020 and that was enough to fine tune an address for him.
“You’re only going to get one shot at it.
“We arrived at work at 2am in the morning and all sat around the briefing table."
He added: “There were maps and detailed explanations of what was expected from each individual, because absolutely nobody wanted this to go wrong.
“It was a tense atmosphere but really exciting nonetheless.
“We knew that he was in because of the vehicle, we knew that we were going to find him.
“It felt good to be calling out his name. We said to him, ‘the newspapers are calling you Running Man’.
“He looked at himself and said ‘I haven’t been doing any running for quite some time’.”
He was arrested for the robbery of a 67-year-old antiques dealer and his wife by disguising himself as a pizza delivery man in 2007.
He knocked on the front door of the couple’s home in Seagrave, Leics., and when the man answered, he punched him in the face.
After forcing his way inside, he threatened to kill the man unless he opened the safe.
When the antique dealer’s wife tried to intervene, O’Neill brutally hurled her to the floor and kicked her in the face.
O’Neill fled empty-handed and was arrested weeks later and granted bail.
He attended the first day of his trial at Leicester Crown Court in July 2008 but failed to turn up for the rest of the case.
Despite being jailed in his absence for eight years, he dropped off the radar and left 'no footprint whatsoever' or any details of his existence.
Chief Inspector Chris Pearson said: “He had effectively disappeared from all the places you would usually leave a trace of yourself.
“This naturally caused significant distress for the victims.”
A breakthrough came following an anonymous tip-off that Ambrose may be living with a woman in the Wyberton area, near Boston, Lincs.
The information didn't include an exact address so the officers kept watch on the area before identifying O’Neill’s home.
LADbible have contacted Nottinghamshire Police for comment.
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