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Suspect has so far been silent: knife attack in the job center has been announced on Twitter

2020-01-17T16:18:59.579Z

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Rottweil (dpa) - Bloody act with announcement: The knife attack in the job center in Rottweil was announced on the Internet by the alleged perpetrator. "I'm going to kill a person at the job center tomorrow," the 58-year-old said on the short message service Twitter.

That said the spokesman for the Rottweiler public prosecutor, Frank Grundke, on Friday. According to the investigation, the suspect had seriously injured a 50-year-old employee with a knife during an appointment in an office on the seventh floor on Thursday.

The woman was brought to a clinic by an emergency helicopter and underwent emergency surgery. At first she could not be interviewed. The suspect with German citizenship was arrested without resistance in the job center. After the attack, he told the staff there that they could inform the police, it said.

Investigators ensured the murder weapon. A judge issued an arrest warrant on Friday for attempted murder and dangerous bodily harm. The man had not yet commented on the allegations, the investigative authorities said.

If the police had been made aware of a tweet by the 58-year-old, it would have triggered an operation immediately, said a spokesman. In such cases, the police immediately take “countermeasures and security measures”. The police ask that such threats always be reported on Twitter or other social media.

Even the publication of such a tweet is a disturbance of public peace through the threat of a crime. According to Section 126 of the Criminal Code, the threat of serious bodily harm, robbery or murder can be punished with up to three years imprisonment. The man's Twitter account is now blocked.

In order to improve the security of their employees, the job centers have, according to the Federal Employment Agency (BA), already increased their spending on security services significantly in the recent past. Last year, the BA spent 19.7 million euros on the 302 job centers operated with local authorities, which is around three times more than in 2011, as a BA spokesman said on Friday. The business magazine “Business Insider” previously reported on this.

Last March there was a knife attack in an authority in the Rottweil district. A then 25-year-old had stabbed the treasurer of the Schramberg town hall and injured life-threatening. The guilty man came to a psychiatric clinic.

In mid-December, an employee of the city of Cologne had been stabbed on a house visit when trying to collect money for the enforcement agency. When he rang the doorbell of a house with a colleague, a resident opened it and immediately stabbed him. After the attack, the man was placed in a psychiatric clinic.

Notice from police and prosecutors on Thursday

Communication from the police and public prosecutors on Friday

Clause 126 of the Criminal Code - Disruption of public peace through the threat of a crime

Source: zeit

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