Syrian man arrested in connection with knife attack at Vienna’s Reumannplatz on March 18th

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Suspect in Vienna knife attack at Reumannplatz arrested yesterday

According to Vienna Police (Polizei Wien), a 20-year-old Syrian man has been arrested in connection to the knife attack that took place in Vienna in the Reumannplatz area of the city on March 18th, 2024.

The attack occurred after a group of youths were reportedly harassing several women in the area, and a 21-year-old man stepped in to stop them.

It was then one of the group pulled out a knife and chased the Good Samaritan, ultimately stabbing him in his back and thigh.

The knife wielder then fled, along with the group of youths he had originally been with when the women were being harassed.

The 21-year-old victim was treated at the scene by Vienna’s official rescue service, Berufsrettung Wien, and then received further treatment at a local hospital.

He is now reportedly recovering from his wounds.

Investigation of Reumannplatz knife attack by Das Landeskriminalamt Wien

Since March 18th, the Southern Branch of the Vienna State Criminal Police Office (Das Landeskriminalamt Wien, Außenstelle Süd in German) has been investigating the attack.

That investigation included looking at surveillance video footage from around the area, as well as the questioning of potential witnesses.

That in-depth investigation has now led to the arrest of a 20-year-old Syrian man at his apartment in the Favoriten area of Vienna around mid-day yesterday.

Potential weapons were also seized at the same location.

The Syrian man did not confess to the stabbings during questioning, and is currently being held in jail.

Further investigations concerning the man are still being carried out but, if police ascertain he is the likely perpetrator, there is a possibility he could be charged with attempted murder.

You can read Polizei Wien’s account of the investigation in German via their recently released press release.

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