Korean fugitive recaptured in Manila — immigration bureau

(Eagle News)—A Korean fugitive who escaped authorities in October has been recaptured.

In a statement, BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said Choi Youngseop, 52, was re-arrested on Dec. 19, less than two months after he escaped.

Morente said Choi was nabbed–on a tip from informants–outside the emergency room of the Manila Doctor’s Hospital in Ermita, Manila where he had undergone a medical check-up.

Morente said Choi will be deported once the BI’s Board of Commissioners issues a deportation order against him.

“This time, we will make sure that he does not escape..He will be sent back to Korea so he can be held liable for crimes he committed in his homeland,” Morente said.

According to the BI, Choi faces charges  for swindling his victims of more than $500,000.

He was first arrested in March.

On Oct. 29,  he managed to escape from the custody of two jail guards who were escorting him and another Korean detainee, Jeon Taeksang, for a dental check-up.

The escape took place after Choi and Jeon  attacked the jail guard who had been left  alone to guard them after the other went  to the restroom of  a restaurant where the group had been eating.

Choi fled on board a vehicle, but Jeon was intercepted by authorities.