January 24, 2022

the detainee and his accomplice arrested in Germany

By SudOuest.fr with AFP

They spent Christmas on the run before being caught up: the inmate who escaped from Pontoise hospital on Tuesday evening and his companion who shot one of the prison officers who escorted him were arrested in Germany on Sunday

The detainee who escaped Tuesday evening from Pontoise hospital, where he had been taken by prison officers from Osny prison for treatment, was arrested on Sunday in Germany with his minor accomplice according to the prosecution of Pontoise.

The man and his companion, who had shot one of the guards with a long gun, were arrested at around 3:30 p.m. in Wegberg, a town west of Düsseldorf, by the German police, thanks to information from the central direction of the French judicial police (DCPJ), said one of the police sources on Sunday.

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“They were located very very quickly” thanks to information from the National Fugitive Search Brigade (BNRF), the service specializing in this type of investigation.

Known to justice

The escapee, aged 28, had simulated a suicide attempt on Tuesday evening and was transported to the Pontoise hospital center. Arrived at the emergency room, he was expected by his companion, a minor according to the Pontoise prosecutor’s office. It quickly fired at an unarmed prison warden, hitting him in the back. The couple had fled in a vehicle, detailed the prosecution.

The supervisor, protected by his bulletproof vest, had been briefly hospitalized for observation.

The sources, however, did not mention at this stage the arrest of a third man, who would have been on the lookout, according to the first elements of the investigation provided by a police source. The BNRF and the PJ of Versailles had been cosaisies of the investigation, entrusted since Friday to an examining magistrate.

The man, from the community of Travelers, had been in pre-trial detention since October 1, in the investigation of an assassination committed at the end of September, according to the Pontoise prosecutor’s office. He is suspected of having killed an 18-year-old young man in Valenton (Val-de-Marne) on the night of September 28 to 29. He has also been convicted on multiple occasions, in particular for traffic offenses and acts of aggravated violence.