Saturday, October 20, 2012

Dominican Republic: Update on Shooting Death of German Citizen, Arrest of Others in Sousá

As a follow-up to my posting of October 18, 2012, law enforcement officials in the Republic have arrested two more German nationals suspected as being members of a European extremist group, creatively called the Academy for the Future of Health.

As stated in my earlier posting, Peter Demetrick, was shot and killed earlier in the week in Sousá, when police executed a court-ordered search warrant. Daniel Brunck and Isabella Dietrich, also German citizens, were ordered by a judge to be remanded while police investigate the group's motives further. 

Peter Brunck, Daniel's father, leader of the group, was also arrested at the time of the search warrant execution. Dietrich is believed to have been Demetrick's girl-friend.

Peter Brunck, the alleged leader of the group, was wearing a ballistic-resistant vest when police stormed the house in Sosuá on Wednesday, some 225km (140 miles) north of the capital of Santo Domingo. Dietrich also was wearing a vest and reportedly fired upon police.

The search warrant was initiated by the complaint of neighbors who heard shots coming from the house, where the suspects had set up a shooting range.

COMMENT: Local officials have said little of the group's goals and objectives, but it is apparent that members of the group were not particularly smart as to believe that discharging firearms on their premises would not attract attention.

No doubt police officials are coordinating with INTERPOL, European law enforcement and other nations in their effort to cultivate leads in the case.

This report will be updated as new information becomes available.