Hamburg hammer attack: smashes cyclist on the head
March 24, 2017
Shock for a cyclist in the Bergedorf district of Hamburg: Friday morning, the 59-year-old was attacked by a man who may have been mentally ill.
Friday morning, 7 o’clock: A 59 year old is cycling down the Curslacker Neuer Deich street towards Bergedorf, when suddenly a man approaches him. According to Hamburg Police, this man, a 31-year-old Afghan, briefly addressed the man — and then unexpectedly smashed a hammer against his head.
But the cyclist was able to flee and notify police. The investigators found the alleged attacker in his apartment. The trail of blood led the officers there. The man was arrested, and the suspected weapon was discovered under a kitchen cabinet in the apartment and secured. Additionally, the clothes of the 31-year-old were blood-stained, and moreover the cyclist’s description of the attacker fit him.
“The suspect is possibly suffering from a mental illness,” a police spokeswoman says. The injured cyclist was taken to the hospital, but since then was able to be discharged. The Afghan will be arraigned to the committing magistrate. Investigations are ongoing.