Manhunt for ‘dangerous’ crossbow maniac who overpowered FOUR cops & stole weapons as schools are locked down in Germany


AN armed man with a crossbow and dressed in camouflage is on the run after disarming four officers at gunpoint in Germany.

Hundreds of police have been deployed in the search for a 31-year-old man identified as Yves Etienne Rausch, around Oppenau in the Black Forest.

A mug shot of the man identified as Yves Etienne Rausch has been published by authorities in a bid to find him

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A mug shot of the man identified as Yves Etienne Rausch has been published by authorities in a bid to find himCredit: Police Headquarters Offenburg
Hundreds of police are currently looking for the 31-year-old man around Oppenau in the Black Forest

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Hundreds of police are currently looking for the 31-year-old man around Oppenau in the Black ForestCredit: EPA
Police have warned all people who are currently in and around the area to go home urgently

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Police have warned all people who are currently in and around the area to go home urgentlyCredit: EPA

Police in the southwestern city of Offenburg said that officers are combing through rough forested terrain with the support of sniffer dogs and helicopters.

Authorities took the unusual step of naming the suspect as Yves Etienne Rausch, warning that he is carrying several firearms and known to be violent.

‘ARMED & DANGEROUS’

According to the investigators, he is armed with a bow and arrow, a knife and a pistol.

Police conducted an ID check on Rausch near the Black Forest town of Oppenau early Sunday during which he initially cooperated but then suddenly pulled a gun on officers, threatening them and forcing them to hand over their service weapons.

“In a way that has not yet been fully clarified, he succeeded in massively threatening and even disarming the officials before he fled in the forest there,” a police statement read.

Nobody was said to be injured in the incident close to Germany’s border with France.

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Rausch is described as being 170 centimetres (around 5 feet, 7 inches) tall, bald, with a goatee beard and wearing camouflage clothing and possibly glasses.

The police have been looking for the man since Sunday morning.

“Several strip crews are currently looking for an armed man dressed in camouflage patterns,” Offenburg police said in a statement.

“The German citizen has had no permanent residence and has appeared to the police on several occasions in the past, among other things due to a violation of the weapons law,” Baden-Württemberg Police said in a statement on Monday.

The police have warned all people who are currently in and around Oppenau to go home urgently.

The city of Oppenau closed kindergartens and schools as well as leisure centres on Monday due to the “current, dangerous situation”.

Special forces and helicopters are involved in the search.

A mug shot of the man has been published by authorities in a bid to find him.

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The police have been looking for the man since Sunday morning

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The police have been looking for the man since Sunday morningCredit: EPA
Special forces and helicopters are involved in the search

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Special forces and helicopters are involved in the searchCredit: EPA
Rausch is described as being 5 feet, 7 inches tall, bald, with a goatee beard and possibly wearing glasses

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Rausch is described as being 5 feet, 7 inches tall, bald, with a goatee beard and possibly wearing glassesCredit: ahndung.polizei-bw.de
German police patrol the town of Oppenau near Offenburg, Germany

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German police patrol the town of Oppenau near Offenburg, GermanyCredit: EPA

 





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