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Serbian arrested in Manilva after holding knife to flatmate's throat on balcony

Police attempted to calm down the aggressor from below.
Police attempted to calm down the aggressor from below. / SUR
  • The victim was dressed in underwear, his eyes were blindfolded and his chest was stained with blood

A Serbian man shocked residents and tourists in La Duquesa in Manilva on Wednesday, when he was witnessed threatening a bleeding and semi-naked man with a knife on a balcony. The rapid intervention of the local police ensured his arrest before any further harm could be done.

The incident occurred on Wednesday afternoon, when people walking along the port spotted the man holding another prisoner on a balcony, while he threatened him with a large knife. The victim was dressed in underwear, his eyes were blindfolded and his chest was stained with blood.

Local officers arrived quickly at the scene, and attempted to calm down the aggressor from below, while he continued to threaten the victim and brandish the weapon. Tourists and residents watched from the street, astonished.

The aggressor shared the flat with his wife and the victim. His wife, realising the danger of the situation, fled the scene in fear that she too would be harmed.

While local police officers conversed with the aggressor from the street, another two officers asked for cooperation from his wife, who was able to enter the flat again through a window and open the door. Officers could then enter the flat and apprehend the aggressor, who did not resist arrest.

The victim, also of Serbian origin, had suffered a significant cut on the head, which had produced the blood stains down his body and needed at least 11 stitches.

Investigation into the incident is under way, although everything currently points towards jealousy as the motive, since the three were sharing the flat.

The Mayor of Manilva, Mario Jiménez, has since praised the officers involved for their "professionalism and bravery" and for avoiding further harm.