On Saturday a 25-year-old woman called the police for an emergency and said that she had just been raped in the Colombipark area by an unknown male.
According to the investigation, the woman was approached before the crime in the area of the nearby railway road by two unknown men, one of which followed her into the Colombipark and raped her there, while she desperately defended herself. After the man had let go of her and escaped, the 25-year-old informed the police with her phone. The 25-year-old woman was left injured by the act.
The culprit fled and left his backpack, which contained personal documents, at the scene. These helped the police in the investigation, and so at around 2:00 pm, police officers arrested the 23-year-old, who is a Syrian national residing in the district of Breisgau-Hochschwarzwald at a refugee shelter.
He was presented to the magistrate at the request of the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Freiburg and has since been in custody. As the police communicated, he has not commented on the allegations and the investigation continues.
The Police Union: “Must get away from the perpetrator protection”
From the point of view of the German police union Baden-Württemberg (DPolG), this act shows that anonymous crime statistics and “political good-weather speeches” do not do justice to reality. This act, as well as many other acts not in Freiburg or Baden-Württemberg, but in Germany more broadly, put the victims in the center. “I expect that from the policy, if we talk about police laws or privacy,” said the DPolG state chairman Ralf Kusterer. “We have to move away from the protection of perpetrators to the protection of victims.”
Although the police crime statistics give no information about how often refugees commit violent crimes – at least, they do show how often such people were suspected. Overall, the police suspected an “immigrant” in 8.5 percent of all crimes in 2017 – this includes asylum seekers, recognised refugees, quota refugees, tolerated and illegally living in Germany. For crimes such as murder, homicide, aggravated assault and rape, this group accounts for around 15 percent of all suspects.