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Gang member held after Malmö hit-and-run drama

14 Jun 2012, 13:29

Published: 14 Jun 2012 13:29 GMT+02:00

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Police in Malmö are having a hard time explaining how they acted during the car chase, which took place following what at first appeared to be a routine two-car collision in central Malmö around 5pm on Tuesday night.

As officers stood and directed traffic from the site, a third driver drove up and stopped his vehicle near the scene of the crash, at which point an officer came over and asked the driver to leave.

"The driver stared at the police officer who had asked him to drive away, and then sped off at top speed, trying to run down two other officers who stood near an unmarked police car," Malmö police spokesperson Conny Strömberg told the TT news agency following the incident.

Police quickly took up pursuit of the vehicle, in a high-speed chase through city streets in the middle of rush hour.

In the course of the chase, a 61-year-old cyclist was struck and killed by the vehicle driven by the 20-year-old, whose wild ride was brought to an end when police eventually rammed his car.

At first police claimed that the cyclist had been killed after the car chase had come to an end, but witnesses to the wild pursuit say the police's version of events doesn't add up.

"The police car passed at high-speed before the man who was hit was lying on the ground," one witness told the Aftonbladet newspaper.

Another witness estimated that police were driving through downtown Malmö in excess of 100 km/h as they chased the 20-year-old's car.

According to local media, the 20-year-old is a member of the Black Cobra criminal gang, which is reported to be shutting down its operations in Sweden.

Police say he was under the influence of drugs at the time he was arrested and that this is far from his first brush with the law.

In 2008 he was convicted for assault, theft, and drug smuggling.

And in April 2010 he was found guilty by the Helsingborg District Court for aggravated robbery and attempted blackmail in a high-profile case involving the kidnapping of a disabled 19-year-old who was then forced to sign for a series of mobile phone subscriptions.

Police were also called to the man's school in May 2010 he threatened to kill three of his teachers, the local Skånska Dagbladet newspaper reported.

And in October 2010, the 20-year-old had shoved burning paper through the mail slot on the door of his parents' flat when they refused to let him in.

His parents were able to extinguish the blaze, but the man was nevertheless sentenced to nine months in prison for attempted arson, vandalism, and drugs offences.

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According to Skånska Dagbladet, the 20-year-old was driving a car belonging to a female acquaintance during the Tuesday night car chase.

His is being held on suspicion of attempted murder and for having caused the death of the 61-year-old cyclist.

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14:46 June 14, 2012 by shamann
was the killer swedish?
15:05 June 14, 2012 by StockholmSam
shamann asked, "was the killer swedish?"

No idea, but obviously the police, the judge and the justice system were Swedish. Nine whole months for this criminal, eh? How's that tough love working out for you, Sweden?
15:07 June 14, 2012 by vb74
@Shamann The Black Cobra gang are made up entirely of muslim immigrants. Why the goverment keeps importing these "people" is amazing.
18:08 June 14, 2012 by Rishonim
@shamann, who gives a shait if the killer is an olive skin or an albino looking Swede. He is a criminal and she should be locked up for a long time and the police should be fired.
18:09 June 14, 2012 by haladeen
This little piece of sh!t has a thick criminal record so why the hell was he on the loose in the first place? The swedish legal system is a disgrace!
18:41 June 14, 2012 by hjoian
Thats a long rap sheet for a 20 year old. Thanks to the Swedish justice system,this man was free to kill when he should have still been inside serving a prison sentence.
19:38 June 14, 2012 by born2die
Sweden criminal sentensing guide line is not tough enough for crime its has been raising in the past 5 yrs.

Try it likes US sentenced a 14 yrs as adult for murdered.
22:52 June 14, 2012 by Rod Munch
There was a great thread on Flashback not too long ago. It was called, "How many ethnic Swedes will have to die in the name of forced multiculturalism?" Ponder that one for a while....
08:33 June 15, 2012 by RobinHood
So in April 2010, he was convicted of kidnapping, but in May 2010, he was able to threaten his teachers, and in October 2010 he was able to set fire to his parents flat. Despite two more serious crimes on top of kidnapping, he was free in 2012 to kill a cyclist in a drug fuelled car chase.

I can't wait to find out what the young scamp gets up to later this year.
11:08 June 15, 2012 by CJ from Sunshine Desserts
Police are only trying to catch a criminal, if he stopped maybe this would not have happened. Same for the MC crash last year, the MC rider did not really have to go at 240km/h did he ? These guys never understand the relationship between their actions & the consequences...in that way so typically un-Swedish. As usual when in prison they blame the police/justice system & society..boo-hoo...these guys never grow up. Still, as long as there is money to be made.......
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