Yesterday an Afghan asylum seeker went on a rampage with a knife in the German city of Ravensburg, wounding three people. No motive for the deed has yet been ascertained, but for some reason the reports don’t mention mental illness, which is customary at this stage. However, the authorities have ruled out any possibility of “terrorism”.
Many thanks to MissPiggy for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:
More information about the alleged perpetrator may be found in this article from the Siegerland Kurier, also translated by MissPiggy:
A man injured three people with a knife in the center of Ravensburg in the Lake Constance region. But what are the reasons behind the deed?
September 28, 2018
Alleged perpetrator is a 19-year-old asylum seeker
The motive of the offender is still completely unclear in the evening, as the investigators emphasize. One excludes a terrorist background first, says a police spokesman. The alleged perpetrator is a 19-year-old asylum seeker from Afghanistan. The victims are two asylum seekers, 19 and 20 years old, from Syria, and a 52-year-old German, as police and prosecutors announced late in the evening.
That the alleged perpetrator could be arrested so quickly is thanks to the city’s Mayor. He was the one who stopped the man with the knife.
“I happened to be nearby,” said the 46-year-old to the German press agency. Because witnesses had run to him “completely hysterical”, he went to the crime scene at Marien Square. “Then suddenly the culprit stood in front of me with the blood-covered knife and threatened me. I then said: He should lay the knife on the ground.” The man did that. “It was such an instinctive act.”
A little later, the police arrived, and arrested the man. An official had dropped a walkie talkie, recalls Rapp. “I took it, called and said: “We need reinforcement, we need more people.” And the reinforcement came: According to the Ravensburg police, in the end all available officers were at the scene. The three injured have been taken to the hospital.
|00:00||Come on, let’s go.|
|00:05||Pressure, pressure, pressure. Keep the pressure on it.|
|00:09||Can someone put pressure on his hand? Do you have something somewhere?|
|00:14||I called an ambulance; can I help somehow? Do you have bandages|
|00:18||or something? —Does someone have anything?|
|00:44||[Foreign language] You are finished! You little misfits!|
|00:50||He couldn’t be more psycho!|
|00:59||[Blond lady] We knew it! We knew it!|
|01:03||Wait, wait, the ambulance is coming —[Guy filming]He’s bleeding everywhere;|
|01:07||that’s bad. —I’m going to pass out!|
|01:18||We only saw how he was freaking out over there.|
|01:30||What do you mean? Yes, yeah —Everyone says yes, yes. —Yes, better put pressure on it.|
|02:05||Konstanz Police —At Marien Square in Ravensburg there is currently a police|
|02:08||operation underway. A suspect with a knife has injured three people. The attacker was|
|02:11||arrested. —Injured after knife attack at Marien Square in Ravensburg.|
|02:14||After a knife attack at the Marien Square in Ravensburg there are multiple injuries.|
|02:17||Pools of blood, large police presence and ambulances: Shortly after 4pm|
|02:20||at Marien Square three people were injured, one seriously. Without warning a man stormed|
|02:23||into the square with a kitchen knife. The suspect was arrested. According to|
|02:26||information from the SZ [Swabian Newspaper] he was questioned|
|02:29||by Mayor Daniel Rapp personally. The injured were found all over the old city —|
|02:32||by the Frauentor, the Engel Restaurant and Marien Square bus stop — all cordoned|
|02:35||off by the police now. The SZ spoke with witnesses who described a man wildly|
|02:38||swinging a knife and pointing at a clock. Pedestrians fled into shops.|
|02:41||A father of a family tried to stop the suspect with a chair and was stabbed in the back|
|02:44||and arm. He was brought to the hospital.