Police in Oslo arrested a 47-year-old Italian man late Sunday night, just hours after going public with his identity and charging him with the murder and attempted murder of two other men in the stairwell of a residential complex in the city’s Etterstad district. Police believe he was wearing a blond wig and women’s clothing when he attacked the two men.
They also believe he’d been waiting for them outside the apartment, with newspaper Aftenposten reporting Monday morning that the alleged assailant had had “a previous relationship” with the younger of the two men who survived the attack. He remained in serious but stable condition at Oslo University Hospital Ullevål on Monday.
The other victim of the attack, age 40, died of his wounds shortly after it was carried out late Saturday night. Police initially said both men were stabbed, but didn’t initially reveal what type of weapon used.
The man arrested was identified as Gianluca Almir Ros, an Italian citizen who police said alternately used his two first names. He has no prior police record in Norway and police wouldn’t speculate on his motive. Police attributed his quick arrest to tips from the public after he’d been sought both in Norway and internationally.
Police wouldn’t go into more detail about what kind of “relationship” he’d had with the victim who survived, but rather wanted the public to know that the attack was not random. Ros was due for questioning and a custody hearing on Monday.