UK police said Saturday they caught and arrested a suspect in a double murder Friday in the London neighborhood of Golders Green following a media appeal for information.
Police had launched a manhunt for Joshua Cohen, 27, whom they said has paranoid schizophrenia, in the fatal stabbings of two women, a 66-year-old and a 33-year-old, at a home in the neighborhood in northwest London. The area has a large Jewish population.
On Saturday, police said a member of the public had spotted the suspect at Golders Hill Park and alerted authorities.
A police spokesman said earlier that UK police were working with the Community Security Trust (CST), a security company that runs patrols to protect the Jewish community, to locate Cohen. Police said he knew both women and that the victims were mother and daughter.
Detective Inspector Ian Lott, of the Met’s homicide and major crime command, said Saturday: “Following a recent media appeal a discerning member of the public alerted police to a real time sighting and officers moved quickly to detain and arrest the man wanted for questioning shortly before 14:00hrs.”
“This was a devastating attack on two women in their homes,” Lott had said earlier, urging members of the public to come forward with any information they had.
Police had warned people not to approach the suspect but to call authorities if they see him.
Cohen was described as 5’9″, last seen wearing a red Nike hoodie and white trainers. Detectives added that he had recently shaved his head and eyebrows.