North Rhine-Westphalia: Suspect arrested after mass brawls in Essen

Essen (dpa / lnw) - Three months after the mass brawls in the Essen clan milieu with several hundred participants, the police arrested a 26-year-old, against whom there had been an arrest warrant since the end of July.

North Rhine-Westphalia: Suspect arrested after mass brawls in Essen

Essen (dpa / lnw) - Three months after the mass brawls in the Essen clan milieu with several hundred participants, the police arrested a 26-year-old, against whom there had been an arrest warrant since the end of July. During the fight at the end of June, he is said to have stabbed a 30-year-old in the neck with a knife and initially injured him life-threateningly, the police said on Wednesday. The 26-year-old, who had not been found for months, was arrested on Monday, brought before the magistrate on Tuesday and then provisionally released on bail. The investigation was ongoing, the statement said. The stabbed man later recovered.

The background to the outbreaks of violence on June 25 and then again on June 26 was apparently a conflict between two family clans, the police said. In the days that followed, the police checked with many forces and repeatedly seized weapons such as knives, batons and, in one case, live pistols. The warring family clans would have turned on a so-called magistrate; parallel justice will not be tolerated, according to the police.

The police keep a close eye on the situation and intervene consistently in the event of violations. "Nevertheless, we are all aware that we will need staying power to combat this particular form of crime and that such outbreaks of violence can never be completely prevented," said a police statement from the end of June.

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