German police arrest man for allegedly killing several elderly women

Appearance of authorities in Schwabisch Hall after arrest of suspect for several murders of elderly women – Marijan Murat/dpa

Security forces in Germany have arrested a 31-year-old Serbian national on suspicion of murdering several elderly women in an area near Stuttgart, in the southwest of the country.

Police are linking him to the deaths of a 77-year-old woman and an 89-year-old woman, while he is being investigated in connection with the murder of another elderly woman and a gunpoint robbery of an 83-year-old man. The Prosecutor’s Office charges him with murder and manslaughter.

The suspect has no registered address in Germany, where he arrived with his wife and two children in early December. Police cited DNA samples collected from the crimes as a key element in finding the suspect, who has avoided talking during his initial interrogations.

The first crime that set off the alarm bells occurred last week, when an 89-year-old woman from the town of Michelbach an der Bilz was found lifeless in her apartment. Police looked back and saw similarities to another incident in December in Schwäbisch Hall, while they are trying to determine the circumstances of another possible crime in October 2020 in the same town.

Parallels found in all cases include the age of the victims, the area where the crimes took place and that they all took place on a Wednesday.