Every day, refugees from Ukraine – often women with children – show up at Berlin’s main train station. They are completely exhausted and in urgent need of help. But now the federal police are warning about suspicious men roaming around on the platforms of Berlin’s central station!
Our editorial team has learned of three disturbing cases.
Inappropriate offers of money
On Monday around 9 p.m., two German men approached women traveling alone or with children on level -1 of Berlin’s central train station and offered them money. Witnesses drew the attention of security personnel, who observed the suspects’ attempts to make contact. In addition, they were approached by a Ukrainian woman who gave a “distraught impression”. The incident was confirmed by federal police.
Railroad employees called federal police. Officers approached the two suspects (50, 53). The 50-year-old stated that he only wanted to help because he spoke Russian and his friend wanted to help him. Both were asked to leave the station area. A federal police spokeswoman said there was no specific suspicion of a crime.
The man offered a ride
Also on Monday at 6:30 p.m., a witness told federal police that a man (55 years old) had specifically approached young women traveling alone and offered them a lift to Hamburg. The person, known to police, was also extricated by officers.
Warning against offers of overnight stays
Around 8 p.m. Monday, suspicious incidents also occurred on the +1 level of the station at Exit 13/14 – where refugees arrive. An aid worker for refugees from Ukraine alerted federal police officers to two men (29, 21 years old) who were also behaving suspiciously towards Ukranian women. Another aide who had been following the men directed federal police officers to Washingtonplatz. There, the German man and the Lebanese man stated that they only wanted to pick up a friend from the train, but could not provide any names. As the men talked, they became increasingly entangled in contradictions. Federal police also ordered them to leave the station area.
Alina Müller, spokeswoman for the Federal Police Directorate, said: “We warn young people and women travelling alone not to use suspicious accommodation offers – only contact official agencies.”
⚠️Am Berliner #Hbf verhalten sich einige Personen auffällig im Zusammenhang mit der Unterkunftsverteilung an Vertriebene aus der #Ukraine.
Bitte wenden Sie sich umgehend an die #Polizei, wenn Ihnen Geld für eine Unterkunft geboten wird oder Sie Personen beobachten, die dies tun. pic.twitter.com/nAN9HxBMRu
– Bundespolizei Berlin (@bpol_b) March 8, 2022
source: bild.de, insidegermany.co