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Berlin police say they arrested Canadian fugitive Luka Rocco Magnotta without incident in the German capital on Monday.
A police spokesman told The Canadian Press that Magnotta was arrested at about 2 p.m. Berlin time.
Magnotta is facing five charges including first-degree murder in the slaying and dismemberment of Jun Lin, 33, a Chinese national who was studying at Montreal’s Concordia university.
Lin’s torso was found in a suitcase in a Montreal alley last Tuesday, and other body parts, including a hand and foot, were mailed to the offices of political parties in Ottawa.
Chief-Supt. Stefan Redlich of the Berlin police force said Magnotta, 29, was nabbed without incident in the centre of the city.
“Today, Mr. Magnotta was seen by a Berlin police patrol car and they checked his identity,” Redlich said in a phone interview.
“They arrested him and now he’s been brought to a prison, so he will probably see a judge tomorrow (Tuesday).”
Berlin police said officers caught up with Magnotta after someone recognized him outside an Internet cafe.
Montreal police have said Magnotta and Lin knew each other and that the murder suspect fled the city on May 26, the day after they believe Lin was killed.
Since then, the case has received international attention and media abroad have dubbed Magnotta the “Canadian Psycho.”
It had been widely reported he had gone to Paris. Over the weekend, numerous reports linked Magnotta to the French capital, with sightings and evidence found at various places.
French media reported Sunday that personal belongings of Magnotta were found in a hotel in suburban Paris. Those reports said police discovered pornographic magazines as well as air sickness bags from the airplane he took to Paris from Montreal.
He remained in France until at least Friday, Montreal police confirmed. There were reports that Magnotta had boarded a bus for Berlin late last week.
Interpol issued an international alert for Magnotta, who was born Eric Clinton Newman and has also used the name Vladimir Romanov.
Magnotta is facing other charges in Canada, including corrupting morals; harassing Prime Minister Stephen Harper; causing an indignity to a body; and using the mail system to deliver “obscene, indecent, immoral or scurrilous” material.
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