The man escaped from a correctional facility on the night of July 31, 1992, according to a New South Wales (NSW) police statement on Wednesday.
“At the time, efforts to locate the man were unsuccessful,” the statement read.
The man’s name is Darko Desic, an NSW police spokesperson confirmed to CNN on Thursday.
The 35-year-old when he escaped, the 64-year-old attended Dee Why police station and surrendered to police on Sunday, the statement continued.
“Police will claim that the man used tools including a hacksaw blade and bolt cutters to free himself from detention in 1992,” the statement said.
Desic was denied bail and appeared in court on Tuesday. He was formally refused on bail and will appear in court again on September 28, police said.
CNN was unable to reach Desic’s legal representatives for comment.
CNN affiliate 9News reported that Desic escaped custody in 1992 because he did not want to be deported to Yugoslavia, which was then embroiled in a civil war.
Since escaping, he has worked as a handyman doing odd jobs and his name is “Dougie,” 9News reported.
Recently, Desic was sleeping in the sand dunes of Avalon on the beaches of northern Sydney, 9News added.
Local resident Belle Higgins has created a fundraising page to help Desic. The campaign raised more than A $ 6,000 (US $ 4,390) in four hours.