Investigators in the states of Germany, Berlin and Brandenburg, confirmed Wednesday that they arrested a serial rapist suspect late Tuesday. The man has been accused of raping or trying to rape eight women since June 12.
Police first identified the suspect on Monday before the 29-year-old boy was arrested a day later.
He was accused of preying on victims in wooded areas on the edge of the capital and in the state of Brandenburg. Three of the rapes were described as “serious.”
At a press conference, a police spokesman said the man’s identification and arrest “explained” it spate of rape in the area for the past month. Detectives in the city of Potsdam carried out major operations before the arrest occurred.
‘Demonstration of power’
The accused man welcomed the victims “kindly” before using force to subdue them.
“That’s how he shows his strength,” the head of the country’s criminal investigation office, Norma Schürmann, told a news conference, according to German RTL broadcaster.
The method of the alleged rapist was described by police spokesmen as “rather unusual.” He said he wanted to “look after” the women in question and wanted to “date” them. He gave his bicycle to a woman in the city of Brandenburg, Kleinmachnow so he could go home after the alleged rape occurred.
Prosecutors confirmed that the man would be charged on Wednesday, given the seriousness of the allegations.
ed / stb (AFP, dpa)