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Taxi killer nabbed after 36 hours on the run

The Local · 9 May 2011, 07:22

Published: 09 May 2011 07:22 GMT+02:00

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Andrej W., 29, was arrested by officers from the Heidelberg Criminal Police on Sunday night as he pedalled a bicycle in Zuzenhausen in the Rhine-Neckar district of Baden-Württemberg.

The officers recognised Andrej W. as they passed him on the road and, after a brief chase, arrested him, the Baden-Württemberg state police announced.

He had escaped Saturday morning from the Nordbaden Psychiatric Centre (PZN).

The man was “not seriously, though also not insignificantly wounded” on one arm, a police spokesman said, declining to give details about the cause of the injury.

He was treated quickly in a Heidelberg hospital and then returned to the PZN about 2 am.

Regarded as highly dangerous, Andrej W. in June last year murdered a 32-year-old woman taxi driver from Hagnau. He stabbed her repeatedly in the neck. Days earlier, he had seriously wounded, and then raped, another female taxi driver.

The killer, who is serving a life sentence, broke out of the grounds of the PZN in Wiesloch. It remains unclear how he got out of the secure compound via an exercise yard despite video surveillance and the fact that he was wearing ankle restraints.

To scale the first wall, he apparently used a toilet door that had been pulled off its hinges. But it is unclear how he removed the ankle restraints and got over a second wall that is topped with barbed wire.

There was no evidence that he had any help from another person, the police spokesman said.

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The investigators were keeping an eye out for bicycle thefts in the region. It was known Andrej W. was a keen rider and had used a bike when he fled the scene of the Bodensee crime.

More than 60 officers were looking for him on Sunday, using dogs, a helicopter and thermal cameras.


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Your comments about this article

08:20 May 9, 2011 by Lachner
Good job by the Heidelberg Polizei! Send this crook to solitary for the rest of his sentence!!!
13:59 May 9, 2011 by XFYRCHIEF
"Oh, look, there's some guy in the exercise yard with the door from a toilet." "Ah, he's just getting in some exercise - leave him be."
19:41 May 9, 2011 by EastPrussia
Haha I know, nobody noticed this guy witha toilet door? It must've been casual Friday.
20:38 May 9, 2011 by Englishted
How high is a wall you can get over with a door? when you think what the place holds,get a grip.
22:02 May 10, 2011 by Gabriel Grubb
How did he Kill the Taxi? Fill up the fuel tank with sugar or drain the oil and run the engine?
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