German Police Make First Arrest in Connection with Mass Sexual Assault in Cologne

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German police have made their first arrest in connection with the mass sexual assault that took place in Cologne on New Years Eve.

The Wall Street Journal reports three Algerian immigrants have been arrested, two of them in connection with thefts which took place that night. The third man, a 26-year-old whose name was not released, was in possession of a stolen cell phone whose owner says she was sexually assaulted.

Two of the Algerian men were arrested in a refugee camp south of Cologne. This is the first time an individual has been arrested in connection with a sexual assault that occurred that night.

A police spokesman raised the number of complaints filed with police to 766. The Guardian reports the number of sexual assault reports has risen to 497, including three alleged rapes.

There has been a dramatic change in German opinion toward refugees since the mass attacks on New Years Eve. A recent poll found 60 percent of respondents now believe the country will not be able to handle the influx of refugees which totaled 1.1 million in 2015.


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