Police in the German state of Bavaria Wednesday arrested a male tourist who throws two female tourist into a ravine at Germany’s famous Cinderella castle tourist spot, killing one
The two American women, 21 and 22, were on the Marienbrücke bridge in Bavaria, when he threw them off on Wednesday, around 2.40 pm
The women met the man near the Marienbrücke bridge, a narrow footbridge that at its highest point crosses the gorge at 300 feet
Suspect lured victims to the narrow footbridge and attacked the 21-year-old, when her friend intervened, he choked her and pushed her down the ravine
After sexually assaulting the younger woman, he also pushed her 165 ft down the ravine
Victims were rescued from the ravine, but the 21-year-old sex assault victim died from her injuries, her friend remains hospitalized in critical condition
Suspect, a 30-year-old American male, was later arrested and is being held for murder, attempted murder and sexual assault
Footage shows the suspect being led away in handcuffs. The suspect fled the scene, but was caught after a massive police operation involving 25 emergency vehicles on Wednesday afternoon and taken to a police station in nearby Fuessen
A US man hurled two female American tourists 165ft down a ravine near a world-famous German castle – killing one after he sexually assaulted her and her companion tried to fight him off, reports have claimed.
The horrific attack happened on Wednesday at Neuschwanstein castle, said to have been the inspiration for Disney’s ‘Cinderella’ castle. The man was later arrested and is being investigated for murder, attempted murder and one sexual offense.
Footage from the scene purportedly showed him being led away in handcuffs.
The two women, aged 21 and 22, met the 30-year-old man, a fellow American, near the Marienbrücke bridge, a narrow footbridge that at its highest point crosses 300ft above the gorge and offers stunning views of the castle.
The man allegedly persuaded them to follow him down a secluded trail that led to a good lookout point, where he ‘physically attacked’ the 21-year-old.
When her friend tried to intervene, he allegedly choked her and pushed her down a steep slope.
Police believe ‘an attempted sexual offense’ was then committed against the 21-year-old, before she was also pushed down the slope. She fell next to her friend some 165ft below.
The pair were airlifted away, but the 21-year-old woman died in a hospital overnight, while her 22-year-old companion is still being treated for her injuries, according to German media reports.
A US man hurled two female American tourists 165ft down a ravine [photo] near a world famous German castle on Wednesday afternoon, killing one after he sexually assaulted her and her companion tried to fight him off
The suspect fled the scene, but was caught after a massive police operation involving 25 emergency vehicles on Wednesday afternoon and taken to a police station in nearby Fuessen, it added.
A witness video posted online showed a man in a T-shirt, jeans and a baseball cap being led away in handcuffs by police, while another clip showed one of the victims being airlifted out of the ravine by a mountain rescue helicopter.
An overhead recording of activities down in the ravine also showed officials from the German mountain rescue service down in the gorge, working to save the women.
According to local police, the pair encountered the 30-year-old American tourist on a trail on or near the Marienbrücke bridge, which is hugely popular as it offers a view of the 19th century Neuschwanstein castle – which sees around 1.4 million visitors per year, and around 6,000 per day in summer.
He then brought them to a hidden trail leading to a viewpoint, and attacked the 21-year-old, said police. When the 22-year-old intervened, the man choked her and pushed her down a steep slope.
‘According to the current state of knowledge, an attempted sexual offense to the detriment of the 21-year-old must be assumed,’ said police in a statement in English.
A helicopter and rescue workers are seen at the ravine on Wednesday, where two women were reportedly pushed down by a man in a shocking attack
The 21-year-old was also pushed down the slope, where she came to rest after falling nearly 50 meters, they added.
Criminal police have taken over the investigation into attempted murder and murder, as well as a sexual offense, with the current focus on reconstructing exactly how the incident took place, police said.
Under German law, suspects must be brought before a judge at a closed-doors hearing by the end of the calendar day after their arrest if investigators intend to keep them in custody.
Police said a judge in nearby Kempten on Thursday ordered him held pending a potential indictment and he was taken to jail.
The two US women, aged 21 and 22, met the 30-year-old who also American, near the Marienbrücke bridge [photo], a narrow footbridge that at its highest point crosses the gorge at 300 feet
Chief Public Prosecutor Thomas Hörmann told Bild: ‘The crime happened on Wednesday around 2.40 pm. The two tourists met the man on a hiking tour east of the Marienbrücke. And joined him.’
He said the trio walked to a popular view point, where the man physically attacked the 21-year-old women. Her friend fought back, he said.
‘The 22-year-old wanted to help, so he choked her and pushed her down the slope.’
Mr Hörmann said the 21-year-old also fell down into the ravine, where they remained lying next to each other around ‘a depth of about 50 meters’ (165ft).
The 22-year-old was responsive, the prosecutor said. Her friend was airlifted to hospital where she was pronounced dead overnight. All parties remain unnamed.
Police were seen interviewing witnesses to the attack ‘who looked shook up,’ he added, saying that the bridge was later reopened to the public.
The victim’s encountered the 30-year-old American tourist who attacked on a trail on or near the Marienbrücke bridge, which is hugely popular as it offers a view of the 19th century Neuschwanstein castle [photo], in Bavaria, Germany
The building of Neuschwanstein Castle was completed in 1886 after almost 20 years. It is located in the Swabia region of Bavaria, close to Alps and the Austrian border.
Its construction was commissioned by King Ludwig II of Bavaria, who wanted a holiday home to escape to from the Bavarian capital of Munich.
He paid for the castle out of his personal fortune and through extensive borrowing, but he never saw it completed. He died in 1886, shortly before it opened.
Since then, more than 61million people have visited it.