Germany: Iraqi strikes car driver with hatchet

Last Sunday, around 5:00 p.m., a 33-year-old man from Munich drove together with his wife in his Honda car down the street Gernotstraße in the direction of the street Mittlerer Ring. He had to stop his car at the crossroads to Burgunderstraße because a pedestrian suddenly stepped in front of his car and then abruptly slammed his hands on the bonnet. Thereupon the 33-year-old stepped out to clarify the situation. This led to a physical confrontation between the two men on the road. During this, the pedestrian pulled out an object and hit the left side of the 33-year-old’s head. The Munich resident suffered a heavily bleeding injury. According to witnesses, the object is said to have been a kind of hatchet.

Following the crime, the previously unknown male perpetrator fled on the street Gernotstraße in the direction of the street Karl-Theodor-Straße.

The injured man was then taken to hospital by the rescue service. After an operation, he is still undergoing inpatient treatment. He suffered no life-threatening injuries. His wife, who was in the car during the crime, was not injured.

The criminal investigations were taken over by the homicide department ( Department 11) in close cooperation with the public prosecutor’s office Munich. In the late afternoon of the 9th of March 2020, after a series of investigations, the initial suspicion of the murder against a 34-year-old Iraqi living in Munich was confirmed. In the course of the forensic measures carried out at the scene of the crime, a fingerprint of the 34-year-old could be found on the bonnet.

At the request of the Munich public prosecutor’s office, the investigating judge responsible issued an arrest warrant for attempted murder against the 34-year-old Iraqi on the evening of the 9th of March 2020.

On the tenth of March 2020 at about 12:05 p.m. the accused was arrested in the city area by task forces of the Munich police headquarters. The accused is now being brought before the investigating judge. The criminal investigation will be continued by the Department 11.

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