Luka Rocco Magnotta, the suspect in the Canadian body parts case, who has been on the run for days as part of an international manhunt, has been arrested at a Berlin Internet cafe, local police have confirmed.
Bild is reporting that on Monday afternoon, at an Internet cafe in Karl-Marx-Strasse in Neukölln, Magnotta was arrested by authorities. This comes as French authorities began to investigate the theory that Magnotta was traveling from Paris to Berlin via bus.
A Berlin police spokesperson has confirmed a man has been arrested on the basis of an international arrest warrant, but would not verify the identity of the detainee, according to Postmedia News.
Later, German police spokesman Thomas Neuendorf told CBC News that they have indeed arrested Magnotta. He could not confirm the exact location of the arrest, which took place at roughly 2 p.m. Berlin time.
“Somebody recognized him and called the police,” said Berlin police spokesman Stefan Rieldich in an interview with CP24. “He is being brought to one of our prisons where he will be held until all the international questions can be answered. He will be held until all of the questions will be answered in terms of who is looking for him.”
Local authorities are working with federal officials, who will then begin to share information with their Canadian counterparts.
"We are working to talk to our federal police, which is the BKA, and they will give the information to their Canadian counterparts," added the Berlin spokesperson. "We do not make contact to Canadian police."
Interpol had issued a worldwide manhunt to 190 countries to seek the arrest of the 29-year-old Canadian pornography actor. The suspect is accused of mailing a foot to the Conservative Party headquarters in Ottawa. He is wanted for first-degree murder and other charges.
Magnotta is now expected to appear in front of a judge Tuesday.
His family in Peterborough, Ontario have yet to comment on his arrest.
An anonymous relative told a Peterborough Examiner reporter that Magnotta was a “nut job” and that the person “did not trust him.”
“Eric is the type of individual, I think he’s mentally ill. He has delusions of grandeur. He concocts stories that he tends to believe and they in turn become fact in his mind.”
This is a breaking news story so please check back throughout Monday for further details.