Swiss police issue global warrant for chainsaw attacker

A man armed with a chainsaw, who injured 5 people in an apparent revenge attack on a Swiss health insurance company, is still on the run a day later.

Mr Wrousis, who is said to have lived in the nearby woods, allegedly attacked two people in an insurance office.

An global arrest warrant had been issued for the man who has two previous convictions for weapons offences and lived in the woods, Reuters reported.

On Monday afternoon, police said they had located the Volkswagen minivan the suspect was believed to have driven.

Photo The Swiss police set up a barrier at a crime scene in Schaffhausen after an attack that injured five people.

Authorities say Wrousis, a client of health insurer CSS, targeted the agency, although a motive remains unclear.

A police official said Wrousis had previous weapon offences dating back to 2014 and 2016.

Schaffhausen, just north of Zurich near the German border, has an estimated population of 36,000.

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Police said the incident is not related to terrorism.

He is believed to be bald, around 190cm tall, with an unkempt appearance, detectives said, and thought to have been living in a wooded area close to the town.

Authorities had issued an worldwide arrest warrant for Wrousis, whom they described as aggressive and psychologically unstable. None of the victims sustained life-threatening injuries, the police said.

Franz Wrousis, the alleged attacker.

They did not say what was inside the van, which had registration plates from Graubuenden, or elaborate on its condition. In recent weeks he was seen in the forests near Schaffhausen.

Karrer described him as an odd character who "told my dog he had a great haircut".

A local shop owner told newspaper Blick that a man was walking the streets with a chainsaw, causing panic among pedestrians in the center of town.

Karrer said Wrousis showed up three or four weeks ago in the forest and chatted with her once when he was having breakfast behind his vehicle.

  • Adam Floyd