Swiss chainsaw attacker arrested after worldwide manhunt

Violet Powell
July 26, 2017

Swiss police are hunting for a man suspected of injuring five people in a chainsaw attack on a health insurer's office in the northern town of Schaffhausen.

The authorities said that they were still investigating the motivation for the attack, but that Mr. Wrousis appeared to have been targeting employees of CSS Insurance who were working in the company's office in Schaffhausen.

An global arrest warrant had been issued for the man who has two previous convictions for weapons offences and lived in the woods, Reuters reported.

Police said they do not believe Monday's attack in the historic town of Schaffhausen is terrorism related, but warned the public that the man at large is "dangerous".

Another three people were slightly injured in the attack, police said, but there was no information on them.

The suspect was convicted in 2014 and again in 2016 for weapons offences, police said.

Franz Wrousis, 50, was arrested in Thalwil, a town about 60km (37 miles) from Schaffhausen, the border town where the incident took place.

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However, police did say the life of the man most seriously injured is no longer threatened.

Sticher described him as a 190 centimeter-tall (6 feet 2 inches tall) bald white man, while police described him as a man of "untidy appearance".

Police described Wrousis as unsafe, aggressive and mentally unstable. In recent weeks he was seen a lot in forests near Schaffhausen.

Though an global arrest warrant has been issued for Wrousis, officials in the German state of Baden-Württemberg, which borders Switzerland, said there is no evidence to suggest Wrousis has left Swiss territory.

The suspect's vehicle, a white Volkswagen, has been found but he remains on the run and is presumed unsafe, although not necessarily armed, ATS said, quoting police.

A local shop owner told newspaper Blick that a man was walking the streets with a chainsaw, causing panic among pedestrians in the center of town. They did not elaborate on its condition or say if anything else was found in it.

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