Accused Murderer Luka Rocco Magnotta Captured in Berlin
(MONTREAL) — Canadian Luka Rocco Magnotta, who allegedly videotaped the murder of his lover and mailed his body parts, has been captured in a Berlin Internet cafe, according to the Berlin Police Department.
A man in an Internet cafe spotted Magnotta at about 2 p.m. in Germany and recognized him as the Canadian fugitive, Berlin Police spokesman Thomas Neuendors told ABC News.
“That man from this small restaurant went on the street and there was a police car there. He stopped the policeman and the policeman went into this small café and so they found the man in search,” Neuendors said. “At first, he tried to tell several different names, but at last he said, ‘Okay, you got me.'”
Authorities had an arrest warrant for Magnotta and he was taken to prison. He is expected to make his first court appearance Tuesday, according to police.
Magnotta, 29, is wanted by Canadian authorities for first-degree murder and other charges.
He has been the focus of an international manhunt for the murder of his Chinese boyfriend who he allegedly killed on videotape before posting the video online and mailing parts of 33-year-old student Jun Lin’s body to Canadian government offices.
Lin had been studying in Montreal since last July. He was last seen on May 24 and was reported missing to the Chinese consulate on May 29, according to the Montreal Police Department.
On the same day, a human foot was discovered by a receptionist who received a blood-soaked package at the Ottawa headquarters of the Conservative Party of Canada. A second package containing a hand was seized at a post office in Ottawa later in the day.
Meanwhile, a janitor in Montreal found a male torso in a suitcase behind a apartment building in the Cote-des-Neiges neighborhood. Magnotta was a resident of that building and Montreal police said that he was in a romantic relationship with Lin.
“We know that the suspect and the victim knew each other. It was not a random attack,” Lafreniere said. “[Magnotta] knew the victim. They were having an affair.”
Magnotta has no prior criminal history that police are aware of. Authorities have confirmed that the mailed body parts did indeed belong to the torso that was found and that the body parts mailed to Ottawa originated in Montreal.
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