Berlin police arrested Luka Rocco Magnotta, the Canadian fugitive accused of killing a Montreal student and mailing his body parts to political party offices.
Magnotta’s identity was confirmed by fingerprint and police are working to bring him back to Canada from Germany, Ian Lafreniere, a Montreal police department spokesman, said in a press conference broadcast on the CTV network today.
The arrest comes five days after Canada’s police sent out a nationwide warrant for Magnotta, 29, who is also known as Eric Clinton Newman and Vladimir Romanov, after severed body parts were mailed to Canada’s governing Conservative Party headquarters. Interpol also listed him as a wanted person, and his photo and details of his alleged crime were posted on websites around the world.
“He used the web to glorify himself and it was the web that got him arrested,” Lafreniere said.
A foot was found at the Conservative Party’s office a few blocks from Parliament on May 29; a hand was found by the postal service in Ottawa, and a torso was found near an apartment building in Montreal, according to Lafreniere.
The victim of the killing was Jun Lin, a 33-year-old Chinese student studying in Montreal, the CBC reported June 1, citing Montreal police. Montreal police say Magnotta killed Lin and videotaped a sequence of repeated stabbing and dismemberment before mailing the body parts, CBC reported.
Canadian Press reported that police stopped Magnotta after someone recognized him outside an Internet café in Berlin.