Police in Italy were baffled with the death of Nigerian vendor whose final moments were filmed on a busy beach town street without any attempt to intervene and put a stop to it.
32 year old Filippo Claudio Giuseppe Ferlazzo was detained after police officers viewed street cameras to track him.
“The aggressor went after the victim, first hitting him with a crutch. He made him fall to the ground, then he finished, causing the death, striking repeatedly with his bare hands,” police investigator Matteo Luconi told a press conference.
Police investigator Matteo Luconi has told reporters that suspect attacked the vendor after Ogorchukwu’s “insistent” requests to him and his female companion for pocket change.
The slain man’s lawyer said he was attacked after complimenting the woman’s beauty. The companion, identified only as Elena D., was quoted by Corriere della Sera daily as saying Orgochukwu had touched her arm, but that didn’t particularly bother her. The woman said she was in a clothing store when the attack occurred shortly after.
The footage of the incident shows the assailant had a good understanding of grappling.
The footage starts with the Italian man mounting the Nigerian. Initially Nigerian is belly down on the pavement but he struggles to get on his side. Italian appears to be transitioning to some sort of armbar/kimura hold.
The attempt to armbar was unsuccessful but they settled for back control. The Italian then mounted the back of his victim who was in turtle there for a sec.
The aforementioned crutch could be seen behind them on the street.
Despite snagging back control there was no success in controlling the Nigerian and the two continued to roll around on the street.
Italian proceeded to mount his victim and control his arms.
The footage cuts off before the gruesome ending.
Police later told Italian news channel Sky TG24 that onlookers called police, who responded after the suspect had fled and attempted to administer aid to the victim. An autopsy will determine if the death was provoked by blows, suffocation or another cause.
Luconi said the assailant lashed out after the vendor made “insistent” requests for pocket change.
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