A Belgian national and Berlin resident suspected of murdering 41-year-old artist Ewa Kacprzykowska in her Kreuzberg apartment March 17 turned himself in to Belgian authorities Monday, March 20, the Berlin prosecutor’s office said.
The prosecutors say the 55-year-old, known as Franky S., turned himself in to police in the Flanders region of Belgium after photos of him with the artist in a Spätkauf (convenience store) were widely circulated in Germany and Belgium.
Firefighters discovered Kacprzykova’s body after responding to a fire in her apartment. Investigators suspect she was stabbed and then a fire was set deliberately to hide the crime.
The suspect will be extradited to Berlin but has not confessed to the crime, the prosecutor’s office said Tuesday.
The murder touched a nerve among Kreuzberg’s expat community since it occurred near the popular Markthalle Neun marketplace and involved two of their own. Both the suspect and the victim were familiar faces in the neighborhood.
A special unit of the Berlin police, known as the Sondereinsatzkommando, or SEK, stormed another Belgian man’s Berlin apartment Monday and took him into custody, according to TAG24. Despite looking like the suspect and having a similar name, the man was not the suspect.
He reportedly was offered psychological counseling.