German authorities arrested two American military men for the suspicion of killing a local man after a reported “altercation” at the Säubrenner funfair on August 19.
Two American military men were arrested by German officials after stabbing a local man at the Säubrenner Fair on August 19, according to police officials.
According to The Epoch Times, Police said in a press release that the two American military men were visiting the fair with their friends when a fight broke out that resulted in the local man being stabbed to death.
German prosecutors have handed the case of the two American military men to the US investigative authorities, noting that US prosecutors will take over the investigation according to the NATO troop statute. A German police spokesperson stated that the two American military men were stationed at the US Air Force’s Spangdahlem Air Base, which is close to Trier.
The US Air Force told news outlets that the two American military men were questioned and then transferred to US custody. Col. Kevin Crofton, commander of the 52nd Fighter Wing stationed at the base, said in a statement thanking the local Polizei and Wittlich town leadership for their partnership and patience as the investigation of the two American military men is currently ongoing.
The victim of the stabbing by the two American military men have not been identified beyond being a 28-year-old man from the town.
Mayor Rodenkirch released a statement that the city has decided to let the fair continue despite what happened. The mayor also said that there is currently no danger to the public as the reported stabbing by the two American military men was a “one-off act.”
Mayor Rodenkirch also commended the investigative authorities for the rapid response with regards to the stabbing of the two American military men. He stated that, the success of the identification and arrest of the suspects, is a clear signal to the townsmen that their safety is the top priority.