After a week-long manhunt, the police have arrested a suspect who is believed to be linked to the rape of a woman in front of her boyfriend on 2 April. The perpetrator is said to have threatened the couple with a branch saw.
The Bonn police confirmed on Saturday that a 31-year-old man, resembling a facial composite sketch published by authorities last Monday, had been arrested on suspicion of attacking a young couple. Sources say the arrested man is a refugee from Ghana.
The suspect was reportedly seen by two dog walkers on the Rhine riverbank early on Saturday morning. When the police approached the man shortly after, he threw away his backpack and tried to run away. He was quickly caught.
It turned out that the backpack was stolen from a barbecue party shortly before the rape occurred.
The authorities said they were ‘optimistic’ they had the right person as a DNA testing has confirmed his guilt.
The perpetrator allegedly attacked a 23-year-old woman and her 26-year-old boyfriend as they camped at the Siegaue Nature Reserve on the outskirts of Bonn.
After entering the couple’s tent, he is alleged to have threatened them with a branch saw in “broken English,” then to have forced the woman outside and raped her, before fleeing the scene.
The suspect was earlier described by investigators as a dark-skinned individual in his 20s, around 1.8 meters tall.
Felix Dappah with agency reports