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This Is the Most Swedish Arrest Ever

Cop recognizes a fugitive while naked in the sauna, makes the arrest
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 2, 2019 10:10 AM CDT
A man sits in a sauna in this 2017 file photo.   (AP Photo/David Goldman)

(Newser) – There's no escape from the long arm of the law in Sweden. Not even sitting naked in a sauna, reports the AP. Police spokeswoman Carina Skagerlind says an off-duty police officer found himself sitting in the same sauna in Rinkeby, a Stockholm suburb, as a fugitive who'd dodged a jail sentence for aggravated assault, among other offenses. Skagerlind says after recognizing each other, "the naked police officer calmly told the man that he should consider himself arrested."

She said Tuesday the officer called colleagues to pick up the fugitive, adding "the arrest was undramatic and the wanted man didn't try to flee." "It's easier to take action when you have your colleagues with you, and all your kit. This was as stripped-down as it gets," Rinkeby's deputy police chief tells the BBC. The officer was praised for the March 29 arrest, and police warned fugitives on Facebook: "We are everywhere. Even if you do not see us, we are there."

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