Cologne crim­i­nal com­plaints grow­ing

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sex­ual of­fences.

They also an­nounced that on Satur­day night they ar­rested a 19-year-old Moroc­can man on al­le­ga­tions he stole a 23-year-old woman’s cell­phone on New Year’s, and had iden­ti­fied 19 other sus­pects by name. Po­lice said the Moroc­can, who they said has been in­volved in var­i­ous crimes since 2013, isn’t ac­cused of a sex­ual of­fence but the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing.

In a sep­a­rate de­vel­op­ment that seemed likely to pro­vide more grist for op­po­nents of Merkel’s poli­cies, po­lice in the western state of North RhineWest­phalia on Satur­day raided an apart­ment at a shel­ter for asy­lum-seek­ers in Reck­ling­hausen that they said had been oc­cu­pied by an ex­trem­ist who French po­lice fa­tally shot on Thurs­day as he ran up to a Paris po­lice sta­tion wield­ing a butcher’s knife and wear­ing a fake ex­plo­sives vest.

French In­te­rior Min­is­ter Bernard Cazeneuve said in re­marks Sun­day that the man was also be­lieved to have lived in Lux­em­bourg and Switzer­land.

North Rhine-West­phalia state po­lice chief Uwe Ja­cob de­scribed the sus­pect as a small time crim­i­nal known to au­thor­i­ties by sev­eral aliases, who had a record that in­cluded weapons charges, drug traf­fick­ing and caus­ing bod­ily harm and had spent at least a month in jail.

He said there are no in­di­ca­tions the man was part of an ex­trem­ist net­work, but that a self-drawn Is­lamic State flag was found in his room, the dpa news agency re­ported.

AP PHOTO

Right-wing demon­stra­tors hold a sign “Rapefugees not wel­come - !Stay away!” and a sign with a crossed out mosque as they march in Cologne, Ger­many, Satur­day. Women’s rights ac­tivists, far-right demon­stra­tors and left-wing counter-pro­test­ers all took to the streets of Cologne on Satur­day in the af­ter­math of a string of New Year’s Eve sex­ual as­saults and rob­beries in Cologne blamed largely on for­eign­ers.

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