Covid-positive man accused of refusing to isolate and evade police arrested in western Sydney after a city-wide manhunt
- A Covid-positive man dubbed ‘Sydney’s public health enemy’ has avoided police
- Police claim Anthony Karam, 27, has the virus and is not following orders
- He reportedly made a deal with the police, but went back on the deal
- Karam was arrested by Bankstown police around 5:30 p.m. on Thursday
A Covid-positive man wanted by police after allegedly refusing to isolate and evade police has been arrested in western Sydney.
Anthony Karam, 27, was arrested just before 5:30 p.m. Thursday by Bankstown Police at an apartment in Wentworth Point.
He is expected to be charged within hours.
Karam was previously known to police and tested positive for the disease on August 14, police say, but reportedly refused to self-isolate at home.
He reportedly refused to answer calls from health officials who then called the police, but when they tried to visit his home, they reportedly discovered that the address he gave was false.
Covid-positive Anthony Karam (pictured) was arrested by NSW police after they said he declined a deal to turn himself in after allegedly refusing to self-isolate
Karam reportedly went on the run while infected, potentially spreading the disease to thousands across the state.
CCTV footage of Karam released by police shows him coughing while sitting in an apartment building elevator.
Police had previously contacted him through a third party and believed they had struck a deal to get him off the street. The Daily Telegraph reported.
But the deal fell through and sparked another manhunt for him.
The situation is considered so serious that the police for the first time used Section 62 of the Public Health Act to name and identify Karam to assist in the search.
A spokesperson confirmed to Daily Mail Australia: ‘Investigations continue to locate Anthony Karam.’
NSW police said a deal had been negotiated for him to turn himself in.
Anthony Karam, 27, seen here on CCTV footage of an apartment building elevator, has been labeled Sydney’s ‘public enemy number one’
Anthony Karam, 27, pictured, was previously known to police and tested positive for the disease on August 14, but has reportedly refused to self-isolate
“He is not only a danger to the community, but also to himself as he is ill and can be seen coughing when he was last seen in an apartment building.”