Syrians Stab Man Down between Christmas Market Booths December 17., 2017
Saarbrücken: Yesterday evening at 10:30PM, police received a report about a fight between several people with usage of weapons. According to the report, one person is lying on the ground with a stab wound, while the group of perpetrators has fled. According to the police’s first investigations, everything starts with the to-be-victim, a 22-year-old from Homburg, and several friends (male and female) taking the train from Homburg to Saarbrücken. On the train, a verbal argument with the to-be-attackers, three Syrian migrants of the age of 17, 19 and 20 years, occurs. The argument on the train stays verbal. After leaving the train station, the two groups take different directions. The Homburger and his friends walk through the Bahnhofstraße towards St. Johanner Markt.
In the pedestrian zone, the Syrian group ambushes them between the Christmas Market stalls. The migrants threaten the group verbally, insult them, and attack the 22-year-old Homburger with drawn weapons. According to witnesses, the perpetrators are holding a club, a sickle-knife, a throwing knife and a chain whip in their hands. The attack lightly injures the victim. He receives a stab wound in the shoulder and at the temple, and can leave the hospital later that night. The perpetrators only cease from their victim when more eye witnesses arrive and because there are loud calls for the police, and run away in different directions.
Three hours after the deed, the attackers were temporarily* arrested on the train to Homburg in St. Ingbert. All three of them were under the influence of narcotics. It is unclear whether this was already the case at the time of the deed. Police are looking for witnesses who can provide information about the deed, or about the prior argument on the train.
* Translator’s note: Yes, “temporarily arrested”, you read that right. Saarbrücker Zeitung, who run this same story under the innocuous title “Man Injured By Knife”, close their report with: “But after the interrogations they were let go again. According to the police headquarters, there were “no reasons for arrest”.”