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Swiss Man Suspected in Chain Saw Attack Is Arrested Near Zurich


Franz Wrousis Credit Swiss Police

BERLIN — After a search by hundreds of officers, the Swiss police arrested and charged a 51-year-old man suspected of attacking health insurance employees last week with a chain saw, the authorities said on Wednesday.

The suspect, Franz Wrousis, who had evaded the police for 36 hours, was detained late Tuesday in Thalwil, near Zurich, after a tip from a resident who recognized him from images released by the authorities, said Ravi Landolt, a senior investigator for the regional police in Schaffhausen, where the attack took place.

Mr. Wrousis was on foot and carrying a plastic bag containing two crossbows loaded with arrows and two sticks with spiked tips at the time of his arrest, a prosecutor, Peter Sticher, said at a news conference. The suspect did not have a chain saw with him, and the police were still searching for the one used in the attack, Mr. Sticher said.

“The arrest took place without protest; he behaved himself and was cooperative,” Mr. Sticher said.

Mr. Wrousis was handed over to the authorities in Schaffhausen and charged with committing multiple personal assaults.

A motive for the assault was still unclear, the authorities said. The attack injured two employees, and two customers of the CSS Insurance company were treated at the scene for shock. One more man was slightly injured by the Schaffhausen police, they said in a statement. (Earlier, the police had said that the attacker had wounded the five people.)

One person remained hospitalized, the police said.

It was not immediately clear how the suspect had traveled the roughly 65 kilometers, or 40 miles, to Thalwil, on the shore of Lake Zurich, from Schaffhausen.

Source: NYT > World

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