After the malicious knife attack on two tourists from North Rhine-Westphalia, the police were able to overpower the suspected killer, a 20-year-old Syrian, in Dresden during the night of Wednesday.
The Dresden police had set up a special commission (29 officers) after an unknown person attacked two tourists behind the Kulturpalast on the evening of October 4. A 55-year-old man from Krefeld died and a 53-year-old man from Cologne survived the attack with serious injuries.The killer left the kitchen knife at the scene of the crime. Experts from the State Criminal Police Office of Saxony found DNA traces which led to a hit in the police database.
According to information in the newspaper BILD, the special task force was deployed in Dresden during the night to track down the Syrian. He finally got into a control at Wilsdruffer Street, was overpowered and arrested.
Senior public prosecutor Jürgen Schmidt (46): “He was already known to the police.”
The motive for the crime is still unclear. The attacker had not taken any valuables from the men, so a robbery offence is ruled out. An arrest warrant for murder has been issued against the 20-year-old, on which a decision will be made later today, as the police and public prosecutor’s office announced on Wednesday.
The accused has been in Germany since 2015 and has a temporary residence permit. A targeted search for him had been carried out.