German police say a man they took into custody Monday at a Berlin internet café identified himself as Luka Rocco Magnotta, a Canadian model and porn star suspected of brutally killing a Chinese student and mailing his body parts to political party headquarters in Ottawa, Canada. Police spokesman Guido Busch said a café worker recognized the man as Magnotta and called authorities. The identity of the man is being confirmed by fingerprints.
An international manhunt for Magnotta was launched after the Conservative Party headquarters in Ottawa received a severed foot in the mail last Tuesday. A note in the package indicated five other body parts had been mailed. A severed hand addressed to the Liberal Party headquarters was recovered at a post office later that day and a torso was discovered in a suitcase outside Magnotta’s apartment building on Wednesday.
Canadian police identified the murder and dismemberment victim as 33-year-old Concordia University student Jun Lin. Lin was last seen on May 24. His murder was taped by Magnotta and posted online under the title “1 Lunatic 1 Ice Pic.” The video reportedly shows Lin being stabbed repeatedly while tied to a bed. Magnotta then dismembers the body and performs cannibalistic acts.
Lin and Magnotta, 29, were acquaintances. No other details about their relationship were released.
Magnotta, also known as Eric Clinton Newman, was added to Interpol’s most wanted list last Thursday.
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