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Seoul - Police on Friday arrested South Korea's "Robin Hood", a fugitive who evaded capture seven times and gave thousands of dollars to poor and handicapped students.
State-run Korea Broadcasting System transmitted images of officers taking Shin Chang-won, 30, to a police station for questioning, along with a bag of cash and a jewellery case they believe he had stolen.
Shin has been on the run for two years, during which time his generosity made him a hero to the country's working class, who dubbed him "Robin Hood" or "friend of the poor".
Shin slipped through police dragnets seven times, and dozens of officers were dismissed for failing to trap him, driving authorities to offer a reward of 50 million won ($42 000) for his capture.
A tip-off finally led police to the flat where Shin had been living since January.
State television said police would take Shin to the detention centre in the southern city of Pusan from which he escaped.
Shin had been jailed for life there in 1989 for stabbing one person during a robbery. - Reuters