Tuesday, 02. September 2014
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German police have identified the fan of the computer game Assassin's Creed who sparked a police manhunt after he decided to wear the costume of one of the characters while strolling through the town.
German media reported that parents were keeping their kids at home in the Rottweil, a city in Baden-Wuerttemberg, and police were appealing for anyone who can identify the hooded assassin character after numerous sightings were made across the city, and uploaded on social media.
Under one of the photos a social media user had written: "I may not kill all of you, but I will kill as many as I can."
As rumour and speculation spread among the 25,000 population city, one local paper even made a public appeal to the assassin to turn himself in, saying: "Many parents have reported that the children can't sleep at night, and believe they might end up as the next victim of the assassin. Please turn yourself in and put the panic to rest."
However it was after the police set up an operations room and issued a number to call to track down the mystery assassin, he turned himself in and apologised for the fuss he had caused.
The unnamed man, described as a 25-year-old local, said: "I am a huge fan of the game, and I just really like the costume and wanted to wear it. I didn't have any idea it would upset people call such a fuss."
As a sign of good faith, he handed over the costume to police to convince them that he did not intend to wear it again and the police issued a press release with images of the costume to the media to stop the panic.
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