The man who threatened students with "Casa de Papel" mask is identified

Last Monday a masked and armed man entered a classroom at a Brussels high school and threatened the students. Two suspects were arrested for the incident: a minor classmate and a 22-year-old man. The latter was hired by the student to make an internet video of it.

"This may be meant as a joke, but it can lead to 15 to 20 years in jail," says the public prosecutor.

The man with a Salvador Dali mask on the face, known from the Netflix series Casa de Papel, entered a secondary school in the centre of Brussels. He walked into a classroom and threatened the students with a small gun. When a teacher intervened, he fled.

"Yesterday evening two suspects were arrested," indicates Denis Goeman of the Brussels public prosecutor's office. "It concerns a 15-year-old pupil from the classroom and a 22-year-old man. The adult is a well-known figure on social media. He was approached by the underage student to pull a stunt. The student wanted to film the whole scene with his mobile phone and then put it online".

The public prosecutor says that both suspects risk a severe punishment. "Everything depends on the final qualification that will be given to it, but the facts can be interpreted as armed theft with violence and threats, in gangs, on vulnerable persons. The punishment can theoretically amount to 15 or even 20 years in prison."

The two suspects were made available to the public prosecutor this morning after their interrogation. "A decision will be taken in both cases within 48 hours", says Goeman. Meanwhile, the weapon has also been found. According to the public prosecutor it was a lead gun.

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