Suspect in French hit-and-run Algerian
PARIS — The man suspected of ramming a BMW into a group of soldiers near Paris is a 37-year-old Algerian, police said Thursday.
Hamou Benlatreche was living legally in France and had never been convicted of a crime but was known to police as a suspect in minor crimes, according to a police officer involved in the case. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not allowed to talk about an ongoing investigation.
Police have not disclosed a motive for the attack. Benlatreche’s name was on the letterbox for an apartment in a building in the suburb of Bezons, north of Paris, that police searched Wednesday night. Neighbors there refused to speak to reporters Thursday.
Six soldiers were hurt in Wednesday’s incident though none had life-threatening injuries.
Mohammed Benlatreche, who identified himself as Hamou Benlatreche’s uncle, told BFM television his nephew was a practicing Muslim who told his family that he was working as a driver for deliveries and for Uber.
He said he was “stunned” when he heard the news. “It was not believable it was him.”