Germany: Augsburg Serial Exhibitionists Arrested: Syrian and Afghan “Refugees”
This is a follow-up to a story we featured on December 17, Underage Girls Sexually Harassed On Augsburg Public Transport.
An original translation from Augsburger Allgemeine:
Augsburg: Exhibitionist On Bus and Street Tram: Police Make Two Arrests
Dec. 23, 2017
Serial exhibitionists have appeared recently on busses and street trams. They have even harassed children. Now the police announce two arrests.
By Jörg Heinzle
Cases of exhibitionism have recently piled up in Augsburg. Time and again men exposed themselves on busses, street trams and regional trains, and have sometimes even harassed children. Now Augsburg police have are investigating two alleged serial perpetrators. The men, a Syrian and an Afghan asylum seeker, have been taken into preliminary detention this weekend. A third exhibitionist is still being sought.
One of the suspects, a 20-year-old Afghan, confessed to four instances of exhibitionism, according to a police spokesman. The man exposed himself in street trams in front of girls. All of the victims are only ten and eleven years old. The arrest of the suspect came thanks to the alertness of a criminal investigations officer, and a chance meeting. The investigator went downtown in his spare time on Friday. As he is professionally concerned with the case, he knew the images from the surveillance cameras of the street trams that show the suspect. In all street trams the public utility company installed cameras that save images temporarily. The investigators analyzed these recordings, which is how they obtained the images of the exhibitionists. The criminal investigations officer accidentally met the 20-year-old and recognized him. He informed his colleagues. The officers arrested the man, who did not resist, near Curt Frenzel Stadion.
Second Suspect Has Not Yet Confessed
Then, on Saturday, police caught a second man, who is allegedly responsible for at least seven cases of exhibitionism. He is a 32-year-old Syrian. He has not confessed yet. But police think that the man harassed mainly young girls and women — also on public transport, especially in Oberhausen. The 32-year-old did not just expose himself, but also touched the victims. The youngest victim is ten years old. He allegedly also exposed himself before three boys between the ages of ten and eleven years.
The suspect was apprehended because two young women — 17 and 19 — saw and recognized the man on a street tram. He had harassed them a few days before on a tram in Ulmer Straße. But initially they did not file a complaint. They now called the police. They followed the man when he exited the tram, and kept the officers informed about the location — he then was arrested in Bahnhofstraße.
Exhibitionist with tablet pc not yet apprehended
Those instances of exhibitionism that were committed by an approximately 30-year-old black African, who always had a white tablet pc with him during the deeds, have not yet been resolved, however. The search for him is continuing intensively.
Call for witnesses: Criminal investigators are looking for witnesses, and for further possible victims in the cases of the two apprehended exhibitionists. The 20-year-old Afghan is about 1.60 metres (5’2″) tall. He has dark, neck-length hair, a brown complexion, and Asian-Mongolian facial features. He was wearing a hooded blue winter jacket with white fur. The 32-year-old Syrian is about 1.70 metres (5’6″) tall and is of a strong, slightly fat, stature. He is described as a “southern” type with a full beard and black hair. He sometimes wore a pullover with white letters, sometimes a dark cap with the brim turned backwards. Criminal investigators are taking clues at telephone no. 0821/323-3810.