French police have characterized Makaveli Lindén, the 20-year-old Swede arrested and charged with a brutal murder and robbery in Oslo last week, as both “aggressive and violent.” A French judge ordered on Wednesday that he be held in custody for at least 40 days, while Norwegian authorities arrange for his extradition to stand trial in Norway.
Lindén is charged with breaking into an apartment in Oslo last Monday and fatally stabbing Heikki Bjørklund Paltto to death. Lindén is also believed to have robbed a man at knifepoint earlier that morning in Oslo’s Majorstuen district.
He then fled Norway, first to Sweden and then on to Belgium and France until he was arrested in Dijon Tuesday afternoon. Asked why Lindén traveled to Dijon, a deputy French prosecutor said it apparently was just a stop on what Lindén thought would be “a long trip south.” Deputy prosecutor Pascal Labonne-Collin told state broadcaster NRK that it didn’t seem like Lindén had a plan.
Olivier Dupas of the local police told NRK that Lindén was “violent and uncooperative” when he was brought into the police station after his arrest. “We’re keeping an eye on him,” Dupas told NRK. “He’s a danger to himself and others.”