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Still no arrests over subway robbery: police

Still no arrests over subway robbery: police

Published: 13 Sep 2012 12:24 GMT+02:00
Updated: 13 Sep 2012 12:24 GMT+02:00

The thief who robbed a man lying unconscious on Stockholm subway tracks has still not been found by police, despite extensive search efforts.

The footage of the incident (featured below) was broadcast on Swedish crime-watch television programme Efterlyst (“Wanted”) on Wednesday night, prompting a number of tips from the public.

“We got many calls on the police hotline. According to the police the tip-offs are pointing in a certain direction,” said press office of MTG TV Wayne Seretis to the Expressen newspaper.

However, the calls have so far not lead to any arrests.

“No one has been arrested. It may be that this person was only temporarily in Sweden and isn’t here anymore. But if he is here, hopefully many people have seen the picture of him and will recognize him if they see him around town,” said Dan Östman of the Stockholm police to the TT news agency.

The security footage shows the suspect following the clearly inebriated 38-year-old victim, named in media as Johnny, at the Sandsborg metro station, south of Stockholm, at 3am on Sunday.

At one point, it appears the suspect is searching through the pockets of the drunken man.

When Johnny stands up in what appears to be an attempt to spit or vomit onto the tracks, he falls onto the rails, prompting the robber to jump down after him.

There, the thief relieves the man of a wallet, a mobile phone and a gold chain, and then jumps back onto the platform and exits the station - leaving Johnny on the tracks before an approaching train.

The suspect even waves to the ticket seller at the turnstiles as he leaves.

Moments later, a train approaches and runs over the robbery victim, however the driver had noticed the body and managed to brake beforehand, lessening the impact.

Johnny is currently recovering in hospital, but half of his left foot has been amputated and his right knee has been damaged to a point where he’ll need a prosthetic in future.

Based on the security footage, police have classified the incident as aggravated theft.

“We are classifying it as aggravated theft rather than robbery, as the latter implies that the perpetrator threatens or renders his victim in a state of powerlessness and we didn’t see anything like that. The person who was drunk had achieved that state of powerlessness himself," said Östman to TT.

That the perpetrator didn’t try to assist the helpless man on the tracks or call emergency services is not something he could be charged for.

“There is no law that says he has to take action,” said Östman to TT.

Video courtesy of Efterlyst and TV3play.se

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14:00 September 13, 2012 by SeattleLove
Barf. This guy was happy he got a wallet with probably no SEK inside and a debit card he can't use cuz of the chip. This world...I swear..
14:30 September 13, 2012 by bourgeoisieboheme
The robbers face is all over the news an net. I would think someone would turn him in soon unless they are harboring him. As for him having left Sweden already, doubt that. Obviously he is not From Sweden but I doubt he skipped the country after stealing just a wallet and mobile!
14:43 September 13, 2012 by Localized
What a pathetic excuse for a human being. I hope this he gets locked away for good - the world would be better off without him!
16:26 September 13, 2012 by johan rebel
The perp is not Swedish? Not even pretend-Swedish? No blue eyes? No blond hair? What an astounding surprise!
16:59 September 13, 2012 by TheWatchman
@johan rebel

I'm surprised too.
17:21 September 13, 2012 by wak3up
Hail European multiculti! Kick him back to his original country...
17:45 September 13, 2012 by Richard Head
Man, thank God for Efterlyst! Without that show we would NEVER get to see the faces of criminals. Notice how the police said that tips were coming in because people got to see the person's face! Even a description would probably lead to more tips than usual. Swedish PK media really needs to take an example from this and start naming and showing criminals. Unfortunately, the way things stand now, it's more important for the media to protect our multicultural friends than actually solving crimes. Hopefully, Efterlyst can change that.
17:50 September 13, 2012 by Reason abd Realism
One could maybe accept a law where one is not obliged to endanger oneself when extracting or moving someone to a safer place from an oncoming train, but obviously there is video proof that the thief did not consider the situation particularly dangerous because he went down there himself to rob the victim, and afterward this hideous ba--t---rd made no attempt to wave frantically toward the oncoming train driver to try to make him stop as quickly as possible.

This behaviour should inspire a prosecutor with at least a LITTLE imagination to find this guy chargeable for reckless endangerement, or willfull neglect causing serious bodily harm, etc..., or something more than the 2 weeks of community service he will face for petty theft if he is ever caught. Hopefully the real charges he will face are in fact a lot more serious, and these have simply not yet been made public. This sack of s---t deserves to rot in hell.

A year or two ago an unemployed (If I recall correctly) New York City man jumped in and saved the life of a fellow New Yorker who had collapsed onto the tracks with only a fraction of a second to spare. When fellow New Yorker Donald Trump heard about this act of bravery and good citizenship, he spontaneously gave the rescuer a massive financial reward, way more than could ever fit in a wallet.
23:51 September 13, 2012 by Swedish Cat
Why cant Sweden just deport the scum? Dont really feel like paying for his time in jail either.
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