Police: Saw wielder also had crossbows
BERLIN — The suspect in a chain-saw attack on a health insurer’s office in Switzerland was carrying a bag with two crossbows when he was detained, police and prosecutors said Wednesday.
Franz Wrousis was arrested Tuesday evening in Thalwil, a lakeside town south of Zurich and about 40 miles by road from the scene of Monday morning’s attack in Schaffhausen. Police said they don’t know how and when Wrousis got there.
The 50-year-old suspect was arrested after police were tipped off by locals. Prosecutor Peter Sticher said Wrousis was alone and on foot at the time of his arrest, and that “the arrest went without resistance — he behaved properly and cooperatively.”
Sticher said at a news conference in Schaffhausen that Wrousis was carrying a plastic bag with two loaded crossbows and two sharpened wooden slats.
Wrousis is accused of attacking two employees of a health insurance company at their office in Schaffhausen’s old town. One of them was seriously hurt, although the injuries were not considered life-threatening. Authorities are still searching for the chain saw used in the attack.