The suspect yelled at several women that they were “lesbian whores” and that they should “get out,” and threatened them physically. The man asked the aggressor to stop the insult. “These efforts to settle the situation led to the attack,” police and prosecutors said Friday.
Investigators had previously determined that the man lost his balance and was then punched in the face by the assailant. The victim lost consciousness and hit his head on the asphalt, suffering a brain hemorrhage. In the hospital, the doctors put him into artificial sleep, but he died of his injuries on Friday.
The attacker, described by witnesses as a man between the ages of 18 and 20, fled with one other person after the attack.
The police searched for the attacker for days and arrested him only on Friday. The homicide department has been evaluating information from witnesses and visual material in recent days. At the same time, the police also found footage of the probable perpetrator. According to the DPA agency, one policewoman recognized the wanted man at the Münster main station on Friday afternoon and arrested him.
He is a 20-year-old man who lives in Münster. The public prosecutor’s office is requesting his arrest on suspicion of bodily harm resulting in death. The suspect is due to appear before a custody judge on Saturday. He has not yet commented on the charges, said Senior Prosecutor Dirk Ollech.
The nationality of the suspect is unknown. According to DPA, the authorities are also conducting an investigation against an unknown man who allegedly accompanied the aggressor and fled with him after the crime. “Maybe he also took part in the insults,” said Ollech.
The organizers assume that it was a transphobic attack, writes the WDR server.