We reported yesterday that seven “youths” set a homeless man on fire next to a subway station in Berlin. The police published CCTV photos of the suspects, and since then six of the high-spirited young culture-enrichers have turned themselves in. The seventh suspect
has not yet been apprehended was later arrested.
Berlin: Homeless set on fire — Suspects turned themselves in
December 27 2016
- A homeless person in Berlin barely escaped a fire attack on Christmas Eve
- As announced by police, seven young men allegedly set the clothes of the man on fire while he was sleeping in a subway station
- Monday evening, police published photos and a video of the wanted persons, who subsequently turned themselves in
- Six men reportedly are from Syria, one from Libya
After the attack on a homeless person in a Berlin subway station, the suspects turned themselves in. Six of the men turned themselves in at different police stations after Monday evening, police announced. Another man was arrested. The police had released photos and a video that showed the wanted persons. Police are investigating the incident as attempted murder.
The men, aged between 15 and 21 years, allegedly set the clothes of a homeless person on fire in the Schönleinstraße subway station on Christmas Eve, and then fled by subway. The man was sleeping on a bench. He was not injured, as passers-by intervened. A subway train driver who witnessed the incident rushed to help with a fire extinguisher.
The suspects are now being interrogated by the homicide division. “We know who the main suspect is. He is 21 years old”, says the police speaker on RBB (Radio Berlin-Brandenburg). Six of the suspects were born in Syria, and one in Libya, she confirms upon enquiry. “They immigrated as refugees”, a speaker tells Süddeutsche Zeitung. She did not announce when they came to Germany.
The subway station Schönleinstraße is located between the Kreuzberg and Neukölln districts and is monitored by video cameras. Only a short a while ago, an attack on a Berlin subway station caused nationwide outrage. A man unexpectedly kicked a woman in the back down a stairway. She fell an broke an arm. The suspect has been arrested in the meantime. Police were criticised for waiting several weeks before searching for the suspects via video stills.