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Canadian murder suspect Magnotta arrested in Berlin


08:15, June 05, 2012

BERLIN, June 4 (Xinhua) -- A 29-year-old Canadian porn actor suspected of killing and dismembering a Chinese student in Montreal was arrested in Berlin on Monday, local police authorities confirmed.

"He is under custody in Berlin," Thomas Neuendorf, spokesman for Berlin police, told Xinhua by telephone.

Luka Rocco Magnotta was apprehended in an internet cafe in Berlin's in Neukolln district, after a local resident recognized him and alerted police.

He is wanted by Canadian authorities and the Interpol, after he allegedly killed 33-year-old Chinese student Lin Jun on the night of May 25with an ice pick and mailed the victim's dismembered body parts. He had filmed the attack and put the video on the Internet.

After days of hunting, Magnotta was spotted in an internet cafe in Karl Marx Strasse, south Berlin, said Neuendorf, adding that the suspect was recognized by the cafe boss, who ran out to the street and stopped a bypassing police patrol car.

The suspect murderer gave a false name when asked by police, but soon gave up and said, "Ok, you got me."

According to Neuendorf, the case would be handled over to a commission to decide the extradition issues while the police would investigate his whereabout in Berlin.

Described as narcissistic, Magnotta has undergone plastic surgery and has changed his name and used several aliases.

Interpol on Thursday issued a Red Notice wanted-persons alert for Magnotta, also known as Eric Clinton Newman and Vladimir Romanov.

His arrest came after days of intensive manhunt by French police authorities who had been tracking Magnotta in Paris since at least Friday.

Canadian police confirmed Magnotta had flown from Canada to France shortly after he allegedly committed the murder.

French police kept hunting for the suspect, as they had spotted his traces through videotapes of the international bus station in Paris. A witness reported the suspect was seen in a bus heading to Berlin.


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