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Suspect arrested in taxi murder and rape case

DDP/DPA/The Local · 14 Jun 2010, 08:10

Published: 14 Jun 2010 08:10 GMT+02:00

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Following a manhunt that included a search in Austria, the 28-year-old from the former Soviet Union was picked up in the northeastern German state of Brandenburg on Sunday night. Officers surprised him hiding in a Senftenberg arbour, police said.

Police got a tip from acquaintances of the man that he could be in Brandenburg, they told news agency DPA.

“He was totally surprised and allowed the arrest without resistance,” a spokesperson in Friederichhafen, a city on the northern side of Lake Constance said.

The suspect has not yet been questioned in the case because he must first be transferred to law enforcement in Baden-Württemberg.

He was reportedly known to police for various property offences over the last three years around Lake Constance near where the latest crimes occurred. More details on the case were expected to be released later in the day.

The man is suspected to have stabbed a 32-year-old woman to death in her taxi at a parking lot in Hagnau. The day before he also allegedly kidnapped a 44-year-old female taxi driver near Lake Constance, severely injuring and raping her.

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Over the weekend the police had focused their investigation around the rural countryside of Baden-Württemberg, where many farms employ foreign workers to harvest fruit and vegetables.

The daily Stuttgarter Zeitung reported on Saturday that many taxi drivers in the region were angry at only having been warned by police quite a long time after the first attack.

DDP/DPA/The Local (news@thelocal.de)

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Your comments about this article

12:36 June 14, 2010 by AirForceGuy
Too bad the death penalty is not available in cases like these. This guy (if convicted) will be a 'guest of the taxpayers' for the next 50 years.
16:56 June 14, 2010 by auslanderus
AirForceGuy, I am willing to bet he will spend less than 50 years in jail. Put him in the middle of Lake Constance with a 50kilo weight around his butt and say swim for the shore.
18:45 June 14, 2010 by Talonx
@ AirForceGuy and auslanderus

You two have no humanity.
19:31 June 14, 2010 by Gretl
Talonx - we Americans have plenty of humanity. We just reserve it for the victims, not the criminals.
23:46 June 14, 2010 by Logic Guy
Well, no law equals no civilization. And once laws are made, then they must be enforced, otherwise the law would be useless. And the truth is, every person wants a quality way of living. It's just that all humans don't define quality the same. There lies our problems.

The must be consequences for immorality. I'm sure every rational person agrees.
02:44 June 15, 2010 by wetdawg~
Check the surpise in the eyes...whaaaaat who me? Send him back to Russia as the penalty given the Russians agree to exact it!
15:06 June 15, 2010 by lickmyamericanballs
Sounds like another hero in the making. Maybe some german filmmaker will make a movie about how the rapist was a victim of the evil American capitalist system and how rape was invented in the US and no german would ever do such a thing (no white german, that is) if it wasn't for the United States. LOL! you pathetic euros!
08:24 June 16, 2010 by kmh1
Talonx - ?? How do you figure he deserves humane treatment, after he was monsterously inhumane to two other people, stabbing one to death, and raping and injuring the other. A murdering rapist deserves as good as he gives.

And LG, while I agree on the topic of keeping order and such, it is (or should be) less about morality and more about balance. If we trust our legal processes to correctly determine culpability, then it really comes down to cause and effect. You kill someone, you suffer a severe punishment, maybe you die. Simple, direct effect is a true deterrent, not a malleable notion of right and wrong. (YOU might have a strong moral compass, but every day we see public examples of how other people manipulate their own to achieve their goals).
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