However, due to the darkness and the number of people involved, police chief Wolfgang Albers conceded that their efforts were not effective. Also, the number of policemen at the station was reduced later that night, as there were further police operations in the city. A police spokesman said that the corrected number had been transmitted to the Parliamentary Committee of the Interior on 11 January.
However, he could not explain why it hadn't been published earlier. One victim who was robbed and assaulted was told to report the incident elsewhere by the police. That same day, a report by a leading police officer in Cologne on New Year's Eve was cited in several newspapers, including criticism that the number of police officers was too small to deal with the events. You have to treat me friendly. Mrs Merkel has invited me! Tomorrow I will go and get new papers. The BKA announced their intention to investigate the facts about such incidents in all German federal states and learn how to combat them.
The posters were hung up near airports, railway stations, and refugees' residences. Among others, raids were conducted in Recklinghausen , where the perpetrator of a January attempted attack at a police station in Paris lived before committing that crime. Further raids were reported from Kalk, Cologne ; and Ahlen. In Ahlen, only of registered persons were found during the raid; the others had fled. Around 50 percent of those present lived under false identities.
The police opened 86 criminal proceedings for illegal residence, drug crimes, abuse of social benefits, and personal injury. More than 2, security forces were deployed, more than three times the amount of forces utilized in the previous year.
There were conflicting reports about the number of detainees. According to initial reports by the BBC , eight suspects, all asylum seekers, were detained in Cologne, though no official statement on their involvement was made. As of 7 January, the police of Cologne only officially confirmed there were 16 suspects. They were identified—in keeping with German privacy law—as Issam D.
Both were said to be asylum seekers. The police reported that they found video footage of assaults on New Year's Eve on their mobile phones.
The suspects were also found in possession of a piece of paper with Arabic-German translations of derogatory sexual terms and phrases including "I want sex with you" and "I will kill you". Of these, 17 were said by the Interior Ministry to be from Algeria or Morocco. Two Germans and one U. Of the 19 suspects identified on 11 January, 14 were men from Morocco and Algeria. Ten of the 19 were asylum seekers, nine of whom had arrived in Germany after September ; the other nine suspects may have been residing in the country illegally.
The department of public prosecution opened criminal proceedings against 13 people, five of whom were in detention at that time. The detainee was a year old Algerian who was living in an refugee camp in Kerpen.
He was arrested on the last weekend along with a fellow countryman who was accused of theft. Fifteen of the 30 were asylum seekers, two underage unaccompanied refugees. Eight people were in investigative custody. Criminal investigations in Cologne were conducted against 44 people, North Africans by majority, ten of whom were in investigative custody as of 29 January. Sixty-eight persons were asylum seekers; 18 were residing in Germany illegally, and the legal status of 47 persons was unclear.
Four persons were underage, unaccompanied refugees. Criminal proceedings were also taking place against two other men from Tunisia and Algeria. Along with seven alleged accomplices, he was accused of sexual assaulting the victims out of a group.
When the police attempted to detain the men, conducting raids in Cologne, Hamm , Troisdorf , and Bornheim on 18 February, they had already fled. The janitor of the migrant's residence said he had "stolen like a raven". In one residence, 20 cellphones were found, one of which had been stolen on New Year's Eve. The photos were partly taken from victims who managed to take pictures of their assailants.
In total, the police evaluated 1, hours of video footage taken from CCTV cameras and witnesses. A police spokesman explained that the sophisticated work that it took to link the men in the footage to specific crimes was a reason behind the late publishing.
The next day, two of the wanted men were put under investigative custody. A year-old man was arrested in Kerpen , while a year-old man from Algeria turned himself in to the police in Hamm. On March 9, police released further photos, one showing a man firing a weapon into the air; officials clarified that no one was injured by the gunshot. The Moroccan was one of the suspects in the Cologne assaults, and had applied for asylum in Switzerland. The prosecutor's office could initiate 58 criminal investigations against 83 persons.
Only 6 were convicted so far. The highest sentence was 1 year and 9 month due to sexual assault and robbery. The investigators failed to convict more of the perpetrators because the vicinity of the station was "dark and overcrowded" and the CCTV recordings were of "miserable" quality.
Criminal proceedings against two further men are in progress. He was recognised by a security guard of a refugee reception center in Hamburg. A second suspected migrant was freed shortly after his arrest due to a lack of adequate suspicion. They are trying to determine if these men were involved in the sexual assaults. One of the suspects is in investigative custody.
Furthermore, policemen stated that the video footage of the cameras within and outside the Cologne main station is partly unusable. Seven men of Tunisian, Moroccan, Libyan, and Algerian origin were arrested on charges of theft.
Four further men were arrested under allegations of sexual assault. The press reported the case of two teenage girls, ages 17 and 18, who were encircled and molested by a group of ten young men. According to the police, the suspects of these sexual assaults had a Turkish and Lebanese "migration background".
In addition, a year-old girl and a year-old woman were sexually assaulted. In the case of the year-old victim, a year-old man from Turkey was arrested as a suspect. Like the Karneval der Kulturen case, women were encircled by groups of young men.
Three suspected asylum seekers, ages 28 to 31, were arrested, and additional suspects are being sought by the police. Further sexual assaults by migrants were reported from public festivals in Wolfhagen and Herborn. A passerby intervened, but was attacked by the group. The police arrested three main suspects, all ages 17, 19, and The victims identified them unequivocally. Initially, refugees were allowed to enter the center on a low price, but after several cases of sexual assaults were reported by women, the integration project was stopped and a registration by e-mail is now necessary for migrants to enter.
A year-old asylum seeker from Afghanistan was suspected of raping a year-old woman and a teenager was subsequently arrested at a residence for refugees. A year-old asylum seeker from Nigeria was strongly suspected to have raped a year-old woman and was arrested.
They consisted mostly of personal injuries, but also included 22 sexual offences. The police had to deploy additional forces on 7 February, and the security situation at Carnival was tense. However, he denied that his actions were sexually motivated.