Police catch ‘ruthless’ subway robber

Police on Saturday said they are certain that the man arrested on Friday is the subway robber caught on security camera emptying the pockets of an unconscious man at a Stockholm station, leaving him to be run over by a train.

“We were able to make an arrest after doing a stakeout at an Akalla apartment over the course of the day,” said Klas Jensgård of the police to daily Dagens Nyheter (DN).

On Saturday, investigator Dan Östman told the TT news agency the police are completely sure that they have caught the right person.

The robber, who is in his thirties, was taken by police from the suburb of Akalla just north of Stockholm. He is suspected on probable grounds of aggravated theft and concealment of stolen property.

Two other men are being held on suspicion of protecting a criminal.

The inebriated victim – referred to in the Swedish media as Johnny, 38 – was returning home after a night out with his friends when he fell down on the tracks at the Sandsborg metro station south of Stockholm.

The robber jumped down on the tracks and emptied Johnny’s pockets before coldly walking away from the scene.

Johnny was severely wounded when a train hit him soon after the robbery.

The incident, which occurred on Sunday morning, was caught on surveillance cameras and was featured on the TV show Efterlyst (Wanted), which aired on TV3 on Wednesday evening.

Tips from the public have since helped the police catch the suspected robber.

“A number of tips have concurred and we identified a location and a residence where this person was. He matches the images,” said Dan Östman of the Stockholm police to DN.

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Social Democrats call for Malmö underground system

Malmö’s Social Democrats have backed plans to build an underground railway in the city which could then be connected to Copenhagen through a tunnel under the Öresund straits.

Social Democrats call for Malmö underground system
The Copenhagen Metro in Örestad, near to the Öresund Straits. Photo: Johan Nilsson / TT / Kod
Malmö mayor Katrin Stjernfeldt Jammeh wants the city to begin drawing up plans for an underground railway with at least five stops: Malmö Central, Södervärn, Värnhem, Västra Hamnen and Nyhamnen. 
“We need to plan for a traffic system where we take into account being a city of half a million people,” she told the local Sydsvenskan newspaper. 
“And the traffic system needs to be able to handle more than just those who live in Malmö because we represent 50 percent of the growth in new jobs in Skåne and in addition are experiencing growing tourism.” 
Stjernfeldt Jammeh said that if her party manages to hold onto power after Sunday’s election, she aimed to push forward with the plans even before an investment decision over the Öresund Metro link. 
“There is a good reason in going underground, because we need to be economical with space on the surface,” she said. 
Sweden’s Liberal Party was the first to suggest building an underground in Malmö, with the Social Democrats instead pushing for a tram network until the plan was voted down by the centre-Right Alliance in Skåne’s regional government.