As we revealed exclusively on Friday evening, the suspect was arrested shortly after the incident, the Brussels prosecutor’s office confirmed on Saturday morning.
The author had fled by running through the subway tracks. Thanks to the broadcast of images of the suspect, the police were able to arrest him a few minutes later when he was in the De Brouckère metro station. He was interviewed by the police, then made available to the Brussels public prosecutor’s office. “The investigation is ongoing to determine the exact circumstances of the facts as well as the motive of the suspect,” assured the deputy Crown prosecutor, Sarah Durant, in a press release.
The Brussels public prosecutor had requested an arrest warrant for attempted murder.
Under arrest warrant
“The suspect was questioned by the investigating judge and placed under arrest warrant for attempted murder. The investigating judge has appointed a psychiatric expert to verify the condition of the suspect, ”said the Brussels prosecutor’s office late Saturday afternoon. He was charged with attempted murder.
We also learn that the author was born in 1998 and is of French nationality.
The man had pushed the woman in the back as a subway was approaching. He then fled running in the opposite direction. Alerted by people on the platform, the subway driver had carried out an emergency brake. He had not hit the victim. No subway passengers were injured in the sudden stop. Travelers present on the platform then descended on the tracks to remove the victim from the rails. Once it was brought back to the dock, the emergency services were called.
“The driver reacted very well, but he is still in shock and so is the person,” explained the Stib spokeswoman on Friday evening. They were both taken to hospital, but were able to leave the facility on Saturday morning.
Metro traffic was interrupted between Elisabeth and Arts-Loi stations on Friday, from 7:45 p.m. until 8:15 p.m.