US Service Members Arrested in Germany

US Servicemembers Arrested in Germany

( – Germany’s authorities arrested two United States service members on August 21, as they were allegedly connected to the fatal stabbing of a 28-year-old man in a street fair in the European country. Local and Air Force officials said that the incident took place at the Saubrenner fair in the German town of Wittlich, where the victim was stabbed to death. The Police department of Germany’s western city of Trier said in a statement that the homicide happened after an altercation on August 19.

The statement also noted that numerous witnesses told police officers that four individuals were observed near the crime scene. These included a 26-year-old and a 25-year-old found to be American military personnel who were visiting the fair with some friends.

The Trier police also pointed out that the male suspects were properly arrested and taken to the United States authorities in the country, who will conduct an in-depth investigation “in accordance” with NATO’s troop statute. The statement didn’t mention the American military personnel’s ranks and names.

While the 28-year-old victim wasn’t identified by the Trier police or any report from German media outlets, NBC News revealed that the man was from Germany. The media outlet also pointed out that the two American suspects were stationed at the Spangdahlem Air Base near the town of Wittlich.

In a separate statement, this Air Force base confirmed that the two Americans were initially questioned by authorities and then transferred into the custody of a base’s security squadron. Colonel Kevin Crofton said what happened in the fair was a preventable and “intolerable” tragedy that shocked “our peaceful community.” He also thanked German police officers and the patience of the Wittlich town.

Finally, Crofton noted that the two American military personnel will remain in US custody. He added that this would last until the investigation ends and hoped this could happen as soon as possible.

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