Germany: Black Forest fugitive had no support during manhunt

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 19, 2020

Rieger said the hard, hilly forest terrain, which the suspect was believed to know well, posed a particular challenge to police - "but we were relatively sure, and it was only a matter of how long it would take, that we would come across him at some point".

A man nicknamed "Rambo" after he disarmed four police officers at gunpoint and disappeared in Germany's Black Forest has been captured following a five-day manhunt.

Rausch's mother had previously warned police not to disturb him, telling Badische Zeitung that he would "come out of the forest by himself".

"I am very relieved", said Oppenau mayor Uwe Gaiser after Rausch's arrest.

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The four missing police weapons were recovered and an additional handgun found.

Yves Rausch, 31, was found sitting in a bush after a tip-off from two witnesses, "with four guns visible in front of him", said Juergen Rieger, the head of the search operation.

The hut in which fugitive Yves Rausch sought shelter stands on the town outskirts in Oppenau, Germany, on July 17, 2020.

The manhunt unfolded last week after police were alerted to a suspicious person carrying a bow and arrow.

However, he suddenly pulled a gun on the officers, threatening them and forcing them to hand over their service weapons. However, German police have launched an investigation and the exact motive behind this is yet to be ascertained, said the authorities.

However, they later revealed he had received an eight-month suspended sentence for incitement to hatred when he was 15 for altering the letters on a sign for a youth organisation so that it read "Juden weg" (Jews be gone).

According to them, he had manufactured a false bomb and was known for his anti-Semitic remarks and for the use of swastikas and other Nazi symbols.

All this time the local kindergartens remained closed.

Rausch has been homeless since autumn previous year and had been squatting in the hut where he was spotted on Sunday.

Rausch will be examined by a psychiatrist because of the "gravity of the offense" and his past, said Schaefer.

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