The international hunt for 29-year-old Luka Rocco Magnotta, accused of killing and dismembering his boyfriend, has ended with his arrest in Berlin.
The man dubbed in international headlines as “The Butcher of Montreal” was apprehended by police at an internet cafe in Berlin’s Neukolln district. The staff member at the store noticed him and summoned the police.
Reports suggest Magnotta (pictured above) was looking at news coverage of himself at the time officers entered the store to arrest him. The suspect looked up and said “you got me.”
Police had been trying to use Magnotta’s phone signal to track him down to the hotel he was staying in, but weren’t able to find him there. He’d previously been staying in Paris for a few nights – with a man he met in a gay nightclub, but Magnotta fled after his host spotted a story about the on-the-run suspect on the internet.
Security camera footage shows the moment he was taken into police custody:
He is the only suspect in the death of 33-year-old Jun Lin, a Chinese native studying in Montreal, where Magnotta was living. The murder had been filmed and put on the internet, and Lin’s foot had been mailed to the headquarters of Canada’s ruling Conservative Party. His torso was discovered in an alley behind Magnotta’s apartment, and a hand was found in the mail at an Ottawa post office.