The man from Hesse (western Germany) is suspected of preparing a “serious act of violence that threatens the state” and violating the Weapons Act. As a result of several months of investigation, the prosecutor’s office accuses him of “preparing an attack on the lives of other people.” According to investigators, the 18-year-old “repeatedly threatened to kill people to pursue his political goals” on relevant Internet forums. He had “ingrained aggressive, anti-Semitic and extremist right-wing attitudes.”
On Thursday, a judge issued an arrest warrant for the 18-year-old suspect. He was detained and is in pre-trial detention, the Land Criminal Office (LKA) and the prosecutor’s office in Frankfurt announced on Monday.
The prosecutor’s office did not provide more detailed information about the attack plans for the sake of the investigation.
Confiscated weapons and ammunition
Police officers searched the accused’s house on Wednesday, November 15. Weapons and ammunition were confiscated, as well as digital data carriers such as computers and mobile phones. According to investigators, the search confirmed the suspicion of committing a crime. According to journalists from the public station Hessischer Rundfunk (HR), there were indications that the 18-year-old wanted to buy a 3D printer. 3D printers can now be used to build handheld weapons such as guns. The investigation is ongoing.-
– The security authorities consistently prevented the planned attack at the initial stage thanks to professional investigative work, said Peter Beuth (CDU), Minister of the Interior of Hesse.