The 28-year-old thief made headlines worldwide in September when he left a drunken man on the train tracks after picking his pockets at the Sandsborg metro stop in southern Stockholm.
Minutes later, the robbery victim was hit by a train and has since had part of his leg amputated.
Now, a French television viewer has said he recognizes the man from security footage from a 2011 killing in Paris. The French citizen alerted friends in Sweden, who then contacted the police about their friend’s suspicion that the subway robber was a wanted killer.
The 28-year-old is now suspected of manslaughter, according to Johan Sone of the National Bureau of Investigation (Rikskriminalpolisen, NBI).
“Swedish and French police have worked together and have succeeded in connecting the man who is currently in custody for the aggravated subway theft to aggravated assault and manslaughter in Paris,” he told Sveriges Television (SVT).
“He is suspected for a crime that took place in January 2011.”
The thief, a Tunisian citizen, was sentenced late last year to 18 months in prison for aggravated robbery,
After serving his sentence he will be extradited to France to face an investigation and potential charges.