Canadian murder suspect arrested in Berlin
BERLIN, June 4 – Canadian Luka Rocco Magnotta, suspected of murdering and dismembering a Chinese student in Montreal, was arrested in an internet cafe in Berlin today, police said.
“A 29-year-old man wanted by Interpol was arrested early this afternoon in an internet cafe in the Neukoelln district,” the spokesman said.
Interpol issued an arrest warrant last week for Magnotta (picture), who faces first degree murder charges over the videotaped death of the student, whose body parts were mailed to political parties in the Canadian capital Ottawa.
He is believed to have entered France on May 26, and French police had been investigating thousands of reported sightings.
Magnotta was found in a cafe on Karl Marx Strasse, a busy shopping street running through the multi-cultural south-Berlin district, which is home to numerous Turkish and Lebanese cafes and snack bars.
German television quoted the owner of the cafe as saying that Magnotta had spent an hour surfing the internet before police entered and took him into custody.
Montreal police put out a statement saying they had no definitive confirmation of the arrest.
The 29-year-old has left a bizarre Internet trail as an alleged kitten-killer and bisexual porn star.
In a crime scene Montreal police say is the worst they have seen, his Montreal apartment included a bloody mattress and pools of blood on the floor and in the refrigerator. The police said a janitor found a torso with no head or limbs in a suitcase in an alley behind the building.
Authorities believe that a decomposing foot mailed to the headquarters of the governing Conservative Party in Ottawa on Tuesday and a hand found inside a package at a postal depot are parts of the same person. – Reuters