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07 February 2013 - Media release

Attempted murder suspect and INTERPOL target arrested by police in Russia

LYON, France – A Moldovan national wanted for attempted murder in Romania and the subject of an INTERPOL Red Notice has been arrested by police in Russia.

Vitalie Proca, who is accused of the attempted murder of a man in Bucharest, was arrested on Wednesday by officers with the Moscow Criminal Investigation Unit and the INTERPOL National Central Bureau (NCB) in Moscow.

Proca allegedly gunned down the victim in a ‘mob-style’ shooting in a parking lot in Bucharest on 26 November 2012, before fleeing the country. An INTERPOL Red Notice, or international wanted persons alert, was issued for Proca at the request of Romania.

Following information that the 33-year-old had travelled from Chisinau, Moldova, to Moscow, close cooperation between officers at the INTERPOL NCBs in Bucharest, Moscow and Chisinau, as well as INTERPOL’s Fugitive Investigative Support (FIS) unit at the General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon, led to Proca’s location and arrest.

“This case is a perfect example of what can be achieved when police work together, using INTERPOL’s tools and services to rapidly share critical information,” said Stefano Carvelli, head of INTERPOL’s FIS unit.

“This violent criminal and wanted fugitive was taken off the streets thanks to the efforts and quick action of the police in Russia, Romania and Moldova. Let this be a warning to other criminals that INTERPOL’s member countries will not cease in their efforts to bring each and every one to justice,” concluded Mr Carvelli.

Proca is now awaiting extradition to Romania to face charges of attempted aggravated murder and contempt for the principles governing firearms and ammunition.