Saturday, October 18, 2014

Global Impact: Austrian Citizen, 22, Being Held in Portland for Stabbing His Mother to Death

According to, a 22-year-old man wanted on suspicion of killing his mother in Austria was arrested in Portland on Thursday night (October 16). Homeland Security (DHS) agents arrested Stefan Wiebogen near a hostel in Portland, OR.

Court documents allege Wiebogen stabbed his mother 30 times in the neck in their apartment in Strasshof, Austria back in August or early September.

Austrian authorities notified Homeland Security that Wiebogen may have fled to the United States, and investigators confirmed he entered the country September 8 via Atlanta's Hartsfield International Airport (ATL), where he was admitted as a tourist.

COMMENT: DHS special agents based in Atlanta began tracking Wiebogen, and evidence led them to believe Wiebogen was somewhere in Portland, OR.

Homeland Security agents based in Portland began to distribute wanted posters to local hotels, hostels and casinos, and a tip led them to the hostel where he was staying this week.

Wiebogen was held overnight at the Multnomah County Jail on US federal criminal charges, but those charges have been dropped so his deportation to Austria can be expedited.

For now, he's being held at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma.

This report will be updated as new information becomes available.

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