Cops in Germany have arrested two men for kidnapping a terrified young student and holding him hostage in a flat while they forced him to hand over all his money.
After his rescue, police were astonished when one of his captors – a bungling 20-year-old – returned to the crime scene and landed himself in handcuffs.
Timothy Jules Straussinsky, 22, had last been seen in a bank branch in Teltow – just outside Berlin – in the early hours of 30th July before disappearing without a trace.
His siblings, Michelle and David-Lee, immediately suspected that their brother did not vanish voluntarily.
They said at the time: “We no longer have any contact with him and we are very worried.”
David-Lee told how Timothy had a train booked back to his home city, Bonn, for the morning of 30th July but never made it.
But the family’s anguish ended when police were led to an apartment in Berlin, where they rescued the young student on 5th August.
Cops arrested a first suspect – a 23-year-old man – on 10th August.
And now they have arrested a second.
The bungling 20-year-old was caught by police on 12th August as he astonishingly tried to reenter the flat where he and his accomplice had held Timothy hostage.
The police did not reveal their names but said they were charged with kidnapping, bodily harm and extortion.
The suspects – who had already been booked by police several times – are believed to have made Timothy hand over his mobile phone and cash at gunpoint.
They then held him hostage in the apartment by force while they forced him to transfer all his money to them under threat.
Police said the duo had planned to hold him until he had maxed out his bank card.
They remain in custody.