Naked man kills woman jogger in Swiss park

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A woman jogger was killed by a naked man who was screaming and attacking people in a lakeside park in a normally tranquil Swiss village, police said Wednesday.

The attack happened on Tuesday evening in Mannedorf on Lake Zurich, around 20 kilometers (12 miles) southeast of Switzerland’s largest city, the Zurich cantonal police said.

A 19-year-old Swiss suspect has been arrested.

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“Shortly before 8:00 pm, passers-by reported a man in Alma Park who was running around naked, screaming and physically attacking other people,” police said.

“The emergency services who quickly arrived on site found a seriously injured woman lying on the ground.

“Despite immediate resuscitation, the woman died from her serious injuries.”

Blick newspaper published a video of a shirtless man being marched away by two police officers, with his arms behind his back.

Police told Switzerland’s Keystone-ATS news agency that the attacker lightly injured a second person, while it was still unknown whether the perpetrator used a weapon.

The identity of the woman killed is subject to an ongoing investigation, the police said.

Officers are also investigating the background to the attack and whether the perpetrator and the victim knew each other.

Popular picnic spot

The small, grassy park dotted with trees was open to the public on Wednesday, with two police officers standing on the lakeside path near the scene of the attack.

Mannedorf Mayor Wolfgang Annighofer, visiting the scene, told AFP that the crime rate in the village was very low, and security would be increased around the park.

“It’s a normal park that gets a lot of use. Especially in the summer months, people enjoy life. One looks at the beautiful nature. Sometimes people celebrate a bit here,” he said.

“People actually come to the park in the evening, enjoy themselves, have a picnic here, maybe go a few meters further to swim and come back here. So they enjoy and use the park extremely well.”

An upmarket, middle-class village with lakeside villas, Mannedorf has nearly 12,000 residents, according to the latest government statistics. Its landmark is its white-painted Reformed church, which overlooks the village.

Next to a harbor, Alma Park surrounds the Villa Alma, a neo-Gothic residence built for the industrialist Emil Staub, who expanded the family business into Switzerland’s most important leather production plant.

It was named after his wife, who lived there until her death in 1970, outliving her husband by 41 years. It was sold by her heirs and is now used as a retirement home.

After police questioning, the arrested suspect will be referred to the public prosecutor for serious violent crime, the police said.

The Zurich Forensic Science Institute, the leading body for forensic expertise in Switzerland, collected evidence, the police said, while Zurich University’s Institute of Forensic Medicine is also involved in the investigation.

Fire crews, an ambulance, an emergency doctor and the air rescue service were also called in, the police said.

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