Assault, trespassing, insult: The death driver from Berlin has been investigated several times in the past. The 29-year-old has not been politically conspicuous so far.

According to the police, the death driver in Berlin had mental problems in the past.

“The exact circumstances still have to be clarified as part of the ongoing investigations,” said Berlin’s Interior Senator Iris Spranger (SPD) in the House of Representatives. The now 29-year-old man of Armenian origin was naturalized in Germany in 2015. He was repeatedly noticed by the police, there had been investigations into bodily harm, trespassing and insult.

Nothing is known about political and extremist acts. “Even in connection with anti-constitutional efforts, the suspect has not yet been noticed.” No letter of confession was found in the car, Spranger said. “Posters were found in the car. Whether and to what extent these are related to the crime is also the subject of the investigation.

Man is to be brought before a magistrate

Spranger emphasized: “That’s why, based on the current status, I rate yesterday’s events as a rampage by a mentally impaired person.”

The man is in police custody and will be brought before a judge on Thursday, Spranger said. The judge can issue an arrest warrant so that the man is remanded in custody. “The investigations are being conducted by the homicide squad and are in full swing. The on-site measures have been completed.”

The police searched the man’s apartment on Wednesday evening. “Currently, both mobile phones and computers are being studied very intensively.”

Pupils on their way back to Hesse

Spranger continued: “I hardly closed an eye tonight.” Her thoughts are with the teacher who was killed and her relatives, as well as with the many injured and seriously injured. Some of the young people and parents who came to Berlin on Wednesday are now on their way back to Hesse.

The driver raced on Wednesday morning at the Memorial Church on the sidewalks of Ku’damm and Tauentzienstraße. A woman died, 29 people were injured according to the current status, six of them critically and three seriously. Among them were many 10th graders from Hesse.