FRANKFURT AM MAIN : German police introduced Saturday the arrest of a 55-year-old man “strongly suspected” of poisoning child meals and threatening to infect different merchandise in shops nationwide and throughout Europe.
The person was detained by officers close to Tubingen, south of Stuttgart, following info obtained from the general public, police and prosecutors stated in a joint assertion. A press convention will probably be held later Saturday.
Police on Thursday had alerted the general public to the chance of meals being poisoned, saying a blackmailer was demanding hundreds of thousands of euros in money.
Authorities launched surveillance footage of the suspect, then described as being aged round 50 and who was sporting glasses and a white cap, which in the end led to the arrest.
To press the demand, the blackmailer had poisoned 5 child meals merchandise and final week alerted police to the shop they had been positioned in, within the southern metropolis of Friedrichshafen on Lake Constance.
The meals – which had been laced with ethylene glycol, a chemical present in anti-freeze and brake fluid – was efficiently eliminated.
But it surely prompted the nationwide attraction for info on the suspect and a warning about additional meals tampering.
By the video surveillance of the shops the place the child jars had been recognized, police had been capable of receive pictures clearly displaying the face of the 55-year-old man, who has not been named.