Friday, May 04, 2018

Bochum / Germany: African woman attacks federal police with knife -- mob hinders arrest

A federal police officer was attacked with a knife this morning (May 4) during an identity check at Bochum's main station. At about 10:45 a.m. emergency forces were called to a train in Bochum's main station. Railway staff needed support. A 38-year-old woman from Nigeria had used a train without a ticket. For this reason, the personal details of the woman should be ascertained on the platform by federal police officers. However, the woman refused loudly and gesticulatively and thereby drew the attention of other people. As a result, people standing around expressed their solidarity with the woman, interfered with the measures of the federal police and filmed them with their smartphones. As it was no longer possible to clarify the facts due to the solidarity on the spot, the 38-year-old, who was accompanied by three small children, was to be escorted to the police station. However, the woman refused and dropped herself to the floor several times. She was grabbed by the arms. In the area of a snack bar in the main station, the African woman grabbed a metal knife from the display and made a stabbing movement in the direction of a federal police officer. He stopped the woman by hitting her forearm, which caused her to drop the knife. A witness was finally able to have a calming effect on the Nigerian woman, so that she could be brought to the station without further incidents. The three children of the woman were cared for by staff of the station mission during their stay there. After consultation with the responsible public prosecutor's office, the woman was able to leave the station later. The incident injured an officer's hand. The 38-year-old has been prosecuted for fare evasion and resistance against enforcement officials.

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