The 25-year-old KwaZulu Natal man had been convicted of robbery, fraud and extortion in the Free State in 2008, but escaped custody in 2009 and fled to Gauteng, Ekurhuleni metro police spokesman Chief Supt Wilfred Kgasago said.
“Five years down the line, thinking his criminal record had been expunged, the suspect applied to be part of the Ekurhuleni Municipality Peace Corps,” he said.
While the man excelled in his physical assessment during the selection process, his cover was blown when his fingerprints were checked to ensure he had no criminal record.
The runaway was taken into custody at the Metro police’s junior training traffic centre in Birchleigh on Monday morning when he came in for an interview. He was arrested by Kempton Park police who handed him over to Free State police detectives.