Daniel Khalife, who was arrested today after a four-day manhunt, desperately tried to protest his innocence when he was first confronted by a heroic police officer.
Mr Khalife was dramatically pulled from a bicycle as he cycled along a canal towpath in west London.
Witnesses told MailOnline that the fugitive told the officer: “It’s not me! I haven’t done anything.”
This comes as more details emerge surrounding the dramatic arrest of the terror suspect.
Witnesses to the arrest, which took place in the Northolt area, said that a lone plain-clothes police officer waited until the 21-year-old fugitive was eye-level to him before smashing him off his bike.
A gun-toting counter-terrorism officer handcuffed Mr Khalife and held him down on the floor.
The witness reported that four more undercover police officers arrived within minutes of the arrest as the Metropolitan Police quickly swarmed the area.
The witness said: “It was obviously a well-planned operation and they must have been following him because the officer was lying in wait for him.
“It’s a relief that they finally have him.”
Meanwhile, it was reported that Mr Khalife was found with a sleeping bag, bicycle, Waitrose cool bag and wearing a change of clothes when police swooped on him.
Peter Bleksley, a former Scotland Yard detective, told Express.co.uk Khalife’s change of clothes – from a chef’s uniform when he escaped prison – will be one focus for detectives now.
He said: “It will be very interesting to see where he got his change of clothes from.
“Did he scavenge them? Did he steal them? Or did someone give them to him?”
Mr Bleksley warned: “If anyone tried to help him, don’t sleep too soundly in your bed tonight because you’re probably going to get a knock on the door.”
Scotland Yard said the 21-year-old ex-soldier was detained at 10:41am, about 14 miles from Wandsworth HMP, where he escaped on Wednesday morning.
The force said Mr Khalife is currently in police custody.
Mr Khalife was at Wandsworth on remand pending a trial for terrorism offences in November after being denied bail at a court hearing in January.
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said he was “very pleased” Khalife had been arrested.
Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper said “we need answers about how on earth a prisoner charged with terror and national security offences could have escaped in this way”.