Saturday, 15 September 2012

Police arrest suspected 'ruthless' subway robber in sweden

Police arrest suspected 'ruthless' subway robber

Police on Friday night arrested a man believed to be the subway robber who emptied the pockets of an unconscious man at a Stockholm station, leaving his victim to be run over by a train.

"We were able to make an arrest after doing staking out an Akalla apartment over the course of the day," said Klas Jensgård of the police to daily Dagens Nyheter (DN).

The alleged robber, who is in his thirties, was taken by police from the suburb just north of Stockholm. He is suspected on probable grounds of aggravated theft and concealment of stolen property.

Two other men are being held on suspicion of protecting a criminal.

The inebriated victim - referred to in the Swedish media as Johnny, 38 - was returning home after a night out with his friends when he fell down on the tracks at the Sandsborg metro station south of Stockholm.

The robber jumped down on the tracks and emptied Johnny's pockets before coldly walking away from the scene.

Johnny was severely wounded when a train hit him soon after the robbery.

The incident, which occurred on Sunday morning, was caught on surveillance cameras and was featured on the TV show Efterlyst (Wanted) broadcast on TV3, which aired on Wednesday evening.

Tips from the public have since helped the police catch the suspected robber.

"A number of tips have concurred and we identified a location and a residence where this person was. He matches the images," said Dan Östman of the Stockholm police to DN.

TT/The Local/nr

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