Police are nowhere close to locating wanted fugitive Andreas Onoufriou with the latest reports saying that he managed to pick up his five-year-old son late on Monday afternoon.
According to Politis newspaper, investigators are getting increasingly frustrated as they are continuously chasing the 63-year-old’s shadow since he first vanished on April 25, moments after being confronted by police.
A police official at the time had said that Onoufriou had fired his army-issued G-3 assault rifle into the air as officers arrived at his door at his Limassol apartment and demanded to enter. Investigators said they were acting on information that he had fire arms in his home and that he had recently been involved in the armed robbery of a bank and that some of the stolen money was still in his possession.
But former convict Onoufriou managed to give them the slip and a nationwide manhunt has been underway ever since.
Media reports in Politis and Alithia today say that Onoufriou had called up his two sisters – who were looking after his five-year-old son – yesterday and told them that he would be picking up his son to take to his elderly mother. He later arrived on a motorbike at her home, picked up his son before disappearing again. It was then that his sisters called the police.
The same report also said that investigators suspect that Onoufriou is planning to leave the island via the Turkish occupied north with Vietnam – the country where his wife is from – his most likely destination.
Onoufriou’s criminal activities in the past have made him well-known throughout Cyprus.
Back in 1998, Onoufriou was jailed for 18 years for the attempted murder of a judge and his daughter.
Limassol judge Michalis Mavronicolas and his five-year-old daughter at the time suffered injuries after the bomb detonated beneath his car. The Criminal Court at the time had heard that their lives were spared “by sheer luck”.
The court had also heard how the intended victim had previously presided over a debt-settling dispute in which Onoufriou was involved.
Last year, Onoufriou and two other men were arrested on suspicion of plotting to assassinate former attorney general Petros Clerides using a disposable light anti-tank weapon. The charges were later dropped due to lack of evidence.
Those with any information as to Onoufriou’s whereabouts are advised to contact police on 25 805511 or the citizen hotline on 1460.