Police Arrest Fleeing Child Rapist on Board Plane Minutes Before Takeoff in Dramatic Footage

Newly released police footage shows the moment a wanted child rapist was arrested while attempting to flee on a one-way flight from the U.K. to Ethiopia.

Diiriye Ali-Jamac, 34, became the focus on an intense law enforcement investigation earlier this year after investigators determined he had sex with a 14-year-old girl on April 28. He was apprehended on a plane set to depart from London's Heathrow Airport four days later.

The video clip, obtained by officers' body-worn cameras, was released yesterday by Surrey Police, showing the man's alarmed expression in response to his capture, which happened 30 minutes before takeoff. "Wanted, for what?" he can be heard asking the arresting officer.

Despite his shocked reaction, Ali-Jamac pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual activity with a child. On August 19, he was jailed for six years during a hearing at Kingston Crown Court.

On April 28, police launched a probe after the teenager was reported missing by her mother. The 14-year-old was located at a train station the following morning, later telling specialist officers that she had arranged to meet a man known only as "Diddie" using WhatsApp.

Arrested on a plane! The untold story of the search for a sex offender

Surrey Police has released body worn video footage of the moment a man was arrested onboard a plane having bought a one-way ticket to Ethiopia four days after having sex with a 14-year-old girl.On Sunday 28 April, a 14-year-old girl from Surrey was reported missing by her mother. Police started a missing person enquiry, and she was found the following morning (29 April) at Hounslow train station.Specialist officers worked with the girl and her family, gaining her trust, and she disclosed that she had arranged to meet a man on WhatsApp. The man had taken her to a hotel and had sex with her.We commenced an intensive investigation to find the man responsible – who she only knew by the nickname “Diddie”.By examining the content of her phone and looking at the background of a selfie she’d taken early on the Monday morning, officers were able to identify the hotel where the offence took place. The suspect had paid cash, and booked in with an assumed name, but we were able to identify a suspect vehicle from the car park CCTV.The car was added to a national “wanted” list on 30 April, and later that evening it was stopped and seized by the Met Police. The owner of the car, however, was not the man police were looking for and the investigation continued.Officers continued to review CCTV from the area around the hotel, and further searches were carried out on different versions of the suspects “assumed name”. On 2 May the investigation team had another breakthrough – finding the key details that connected 34 year old Diiriye Ali-Jamac with the nickname “Diddie”.On 2 May a “wanted marker” for Ali-Jamac was put on the Police National Computer and officers started visiting addresses associated with Ali-Jamac, to try and locate him, or someone who might know where he was.The “wanted marker” led to a hit almost immediately with information that he had boarded a flight at Heathrow airport. Colleagues from the Met Police detained him on the plane at 19.15 on 2 May (less than 3 hours after the marker had been placed, and less than 30 minutes before the plane was due to take off) and he was bought back to Staines Police Station for questioning. Ali-Jamac was subsequently charged and remanded in custody.It transpired that Ali-Jamac had purchased a one-way ticket to Ethiopia the day before. Interrogation of his mobile phone showed that he had received a text message on the morning of 1 May from the owner of the car he used to drive the victim to the hotel, telling him that the vehicle had been stopped and seized by police in relation to an allegation of sexual assault.On Monday 19 August Ali-Jamac was jailed for six years after earlier pleading guilty to three counts of sexual activity with a child. He was also given an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order.Detective Constable Sally Michail from North Surrey’s Child Exploitation and Missing Unit, said:“I would like to commend the victim for her bravery in speaking out against Ali-Jamac and having to re-live the horrendous ordeal she had suffered at his hands all over again when she provided her statement.“She was completely taken in by this man, who was 20 years her senior and someone she thought she could trust. As soon as he became aware that police were on his trail, he tried to leave the country but fortunately we intercepted him as he boarded his flight.“I would like to thank the team who worked on this investigation for the sensitive and professional way they dealt with the victim to gain her trust so that she felt supported in giving her evidence, and for their relentless pursuit of Ali-Jamac, with officers working a 28 hour shift, including trawling through CCTV footage from the hotel, to ensure that he was identified as quickly as possible.”DC Michail added: “I would continue to encourage anyone who has been the victim of similar offences to come forward and report it to us straightaway. You will always be taken seriously and support and guidance will be provided to you by our team of specially trained officers.” For more information and advice, please go to our web site https://www.surrey.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/rsa/rape-and-sexual-assault/

Posted by Surrey Police on Wednesday, August 28, 2019

The victim told police the man had sex with her at a hotel, which was later identified by officers who analyzed a selfie the girl had taken on the morning she was found. Investigators, with the help of CCTV, identified a suspect vehicle and added it to a national wanted list on April 30.

The car was later seized, but it was not owned by the suspect. Using unspecified methods, the police were able to link the nickname "Diddie" to Ali-Jamac and he was added to the U.K. wanted persons database. Investigators said they then got a hit "almost immediately."

It quickly emerged that he had boarded the flight to Ethiopia at Heathrow airport.

Less than three hours after being added to the list, Ali-Jamac was detained by officers from the Metropolitan Police. He had bought a one-way ticket to Ethiopia on May 1. The same day, he was sent a text message by the owner of the seized vehicle spotted on the CCTV, tipping him off that he was being hunted.

Detective Constable Sally Michail, who specializes in exploitation crime, said: "[The victim] was completely taken in by this man, who was 20 years her senior and someone she thought she could trust. As soon as he became aware that police were on his trail, he tried to leave the country but fortunately we intercepted him as he boarded his flight.

"I would continue to encourage anyone who has been the victim of similar offenses to come forward and report it to us straight away. You will always be taken seriously and support and guidance will be provided to you by our team of specially trained officers," she added.

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