South Australia Police (SAPOL) are asking for public help to find Leonard Gjeka, who escaped from an Immigration Detention Centre in Victoria on 12 November. Mr Gjeka, who was at the Centre awaiting deportation to Albania, has extensive criminal history in South Australia.
SAPOL officers are concerned the 32-year-old may return to the State.
“His history shows he is capable of extreme violence, including the use of firearms,” Serious and Organised Crime Branch head, acting Detective Supt Steve Taylor said.
“He has links to organised crime, including Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs, and has also been on the receiving end of violence from these groups.”
Mr Gjeka escaped the Maribyrnong Immigration Centre with another man, Michael Dobson who has since been arrested by Victoria Police without incident on Monday 17 November.
It’s believed the pair left the facility’s main building around 1am and headed to gates where they were met by two more people. All four left through a gate on the south side of the centre.
Staff then alerted Victorian police and despite a search of the area the men were not located.
Detectives from Victoria’s Fugitive Taskforce are investigating with assistance from the Commonwealth Department of Immigration.
Gjeka is an Albanian national who is described as being of solid build, about 180cms tall, brown eyes, black hair and an olive complexion.
“SAPOL’s Serious and Organised Crime Branch were made aware of his escape very early on,” he said.
“While we do not know of his intentions, there is every chance he will look to return to South Australia.
“We’ve been able to quickly put measures in place to ensure those who have history with Mr Gjeka are informed and protected.”
Police urge anyone who sees Mr Gjeka to contact them immediately on Triple Zero (000). He should not be approached.