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Luka Magnotta, Canada’s alleged ‘body parts’ killer, arrested in Berlin

Dylan Stableford, Yahoo News
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Luka Rocco Magnotta, the porn actor who Canadian authorities say sent the dismembered body parts of a student to Canadian politicians, has been captured in Berlin, police there said.

Magnotta was arrested in an Internet cafe on Monday, according to Germany's Bild newspaper. German police spokesperson Stefan Rieldich said someone at the cafe recognized Magnotta and called authorities, who took him into custody without incident.

"Yes, that's me," Magnotta replied when asked by police if he was the man sought by Interpol, according to Der Spiegel. A witness in the cafe told the German magazine that Magnotta "had been reading news about himself" when he was arrested.

According to the National Post, Canadian authorities are en route to Berlin. But according to CBC, the extradition of Magnotta to Canada could take months.

The international manhunt for Magnotta began last week, after police say the so-called "Canadian Psycho" fled to Paris. Authorities had tracked Magnotta to France through his cellphone. Witnesses then spotted him on a bus to Berlin.

Magnotta, 29, faces first-degree murder charges in Canada in connection with the killing of Jun Lin, a 33-year-old Concordia University student from China. He is also accused of videotaping the gruesome murder and posting it online.

Magnotta allegedly mailed Lin's severed body parts to Ottawa police and politicians, including Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who received a severed foot.

Authorities searched Magnotta's Montreal apartment, where they found a torso stuffed in a suitcase. Not all of the body parts have been recovered.

Magnotta promoted himself as a gay porn star. According to Interpol, he used several aliases, including Eric Newman and Vladimir Romanov.

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