Police attacked in Lyon: a 26-year-old man arrested

A foreign suspect had been briefly arrested and placed in police custody on Saturday, but had been put “exonerated” and released on Sunday, the Lyon prosecutor’s office had indicated on the same day.

Even before this communication from the prosecution, the Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin had affirmed on Twitter that “following the unacceptable attack against the police officers of Lyon, police operations are taking place. One of the offenders is a foreigner, he was arrested. On my instruction, he was placed in detention and will be deported”.

Once this suspect was exonerated, the Minister of the Interior had written, in a second tweet: “in connection with the events or not, known for numerous accusations: theft, violence, death threat against the person responsible public authority, possession of drugs, violence in meetings… this individual has no place in our country which is generous if we respect it”.

The man in question is the subject of a previous obligation to leave the territory (OQTF) and must indeed be deported, a source familiar with the matter said on Monday.

The second 26-year-old suspect, in an irregular situation, was arrested on Sunday at 7.50 p.m. when he got out of a tram, according to a source familiar with the matter.

In a press release Monday at the end of the day, the Lyon prosecutor Nicolas Jacquet confirmed the arrest of this suspect “against whom there are serious and concordant indications of participation in the facts”.

The prosecution also announced the opening of a judicial investigation “for the purposes of indictment and placement in pre-trial detention” of this suspect “and to promote the identification, location and arrest of all the perpetrators of these facts. “.

He specifies that “the author of the uprooting of a necklace at the origin of the intervention of the police”, aged 18, and “already convicted of thefts, is currently on the run” and “actively wanted in the under a search warrant issued by the public prosecutor’s office.

Two police officers were injured Wednesday evening while trying with a colleague to arrest a person suspected of theft, in the middle of a crowd which violently attacked them, according to a police source. They have ITTs of 2 and 7 days, according to the prosecution.

On a video of the scene broadcast on social networks, relayed by the Alliance union and the LyonMag news site, we can see three plainclothes police officers, two men and a woman, being beaten and thrown by projectiles in front of the entrance to a convenience store in the sensitive district of La Guillotière, in the city center.

Several political leaders of LR and RN had given their support to the police this week.

Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne, traveling to Vaulx-en-Velin on Friday, felt that it was “absolutely necessary to be able to sanction these behaviors which are not acceptable”.

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