Swiss chainsaw attacker still on the run

AT least five people have been injured, two seriously, after a man attacked people with a chainsaw in the Swiss town of Schaffhausen.

Wrousis is accused of attacking two employees of a health insurance company at their office in Schaffhausen's old town.

The authorities identified the suspect as Franz Wrousis, 51.

Officers posted a CCTV image they said shows Wrousis on the morning of the attack, carrying a large black bag which they believe has the chainsaw inside.

The identities of the other victims remain unclear.


Wrousis has been charged twice in the past for having illegal weapons, in 2014 and 2016, but he wasn't sentenced to prison, Schaffhausen public prosecutor Peter Sticher said Monday.

Schaffhausen, a town of about 36,000 people north of Zurich, is near the Swiss-German border.

The incident was a shock to the people of Schaffhausen, said Marco Latzer, a journalist in Schaffhausen.

Police described him as being 6ft 2in, bald and of unkempt appearance, and he thought to have been driving a white Volkswagen minivan with registration plates from Graubuenden.

They later released another photo of Wrousis, which they said was taken immediately before the attack.


Police have distributed multiple photos of Wrousis, including one of him looking dishevelled in a forested area. Ruedi Karrer - the president of Uhwiesen, a town less than two miles from Schaffhausen - told 20 Minuten that Wrousis stayed in the nearby forest for about two weeks before the attack. They did not elaborate on its condition or say if anything else was found in it.

He had been acting bizarrely and "told my dog he had a great haircut", said Karrer.

A picture taken just before the attack shows him wearing a green jacket and black pants and carrying a black bag thought to contain the chainsaw.

Karrer said Wrousis showed up three or four weeks ago in the forest and chatted with her once when he was having breakfast behind his vehicle. "I never felt threatened".



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