Dutch police look for man with ‘Flemish accent’ after attack on 63-year-old conductor
Wednesday, 13 November 2019
The man, who police said "stood out for his Flemish accent," attacked a train conductor from behind, knocking her unconscious. Credit: Omroep Brabant/Youtube
Dutch police are looking for a man with a “Flemish accent” who was filmed beating a train conductor unconscious on a train from Brussels to Amsterdam.
The incident took place at the end of September in the station of the Dutch city of Breda, after the man followed a train conductor as she got off the train and attacked her from behind.
The passenger is said to have become verbally aggressive after the conductor told him that he had to get off the train at Breda to get a new ticket, according to Het Nieuwsblad.
In surveillance camera footage spread by police on 11 November, the man can be seen coming up to the conductor from behind and dealing her a heavy blow on the back of the head, which causes her to immediately collapse to the floor.
Dutch police issued a call for information, asking any potential bystanders to provide information which could help identify the man, who can be seen in the video immediately fleeing the scene through a nearby escalator.
“Attacking someone from behind is low and cowardly. Knocking out a 63-year-old conductor is unacceptable,” police said in a statement accompanying the release of a video in which they recreate the assault.
The police described the perpetrator as a man of about 35 years of age, measuring around 1.65cm tall and with short dark hair. They also noted that the man “stood out for his Flemish accent.”