BERLIN — The Latest on the search for the suspect in the chainsaw attack that started in Swiss insurance office (all times local):
Police say the suspect in the chainsaw attack at a health insurance company’s office in the Swiss city of Schaffhausen has been arrested.
Police in Zurich canton (state), which neighbors Schaffhausen, said on Twitter Tuesday that the man was arrested in the town of Thalwil. They gave no further details and said police in Schaffhausen would hold a news conference on Wednesday morning.
Franz Wrousis, 50, is accused of attacking two employees of the insurer at their office in Schaffhausen’s old town on Monday morning. One of them was seriously hurt, though not in a life-threatening condition.
Authorities say that Wrousis, a client of health insurer CSS, targeted the agency, though the motive remains unclear.
Swiss police say a man who injured five people with a chainsaw is still on the loose and a massive manhunt is underway on the Swiss-German border.
Swiss public broadcaster SRF reported Tuesday that all-night searches for 51-year-old suspect Franz Wrousis, who attacked two health insurance employees in their office in Schaffhausen and then fled, were not successful. Three other people were also attacked and suffered slight injuries.
Schaffhausen police could not immediately be reached for comment.
Authorities say the suspect has two previous convictions for weapons offenses and no fixed residence. In recent weeks he was seen a lot in forests near Schaffhausen. Police are searching the region with helicopters and sniffer dogs.