“Cannibal of the Pyrenees” escaped in Toulouse: what we know about the savage aggression of the septuagenarian
A woman who was walking her dog on Wednesday January 19 in Toulouse was violently attacked with a stick in the heart of the city center. The man punched her in the head and arms before being overpowered by witnesses. He was the “cannibal of the Pyrenees” who had escaped a few hours earlier from the Marchant psychiatric hospital where he was interned after killing a man and eating his heart and tongue.
A dangerous predator, guilty of murder and cannibalism, lived a few hours of freedom, Wednesday January 19, in Toulouse. A few hours that he used to assume his impulses and brutally attack a stranger.
What are the facts ?
Shortly before 10 p.m., Françoise leaves her home in the pretty Chalets district, a stone’s throw from the boulevards, in the city center of the Pink City. As usual, she is going to walk her dog.
She travels only a few meters when a stick falls on her skull. Behind her, the predator appeared in the person of Jérémy Rimbaud, the “cannibal of the Pyrenees”. With his baton more than a meter long, he hit the 73-year-old pensioner several times. She’s crying. She tries to defend herself with her arms on which a shower of blows falls in turn. Completely delirious, son aggressor persists.
How was the victim saved?
By chance, despite the winter cold, a young resident at his open window. Françoise’s cries make her blood run cold. He leans out of his window and understands that this neighbor, whom he regularly sees walking her dog in this peaceful neighborhood, is being attacked.
I go down. Tour A neighbor shouts at her. Jérémy Rimbaud takes fright and tries to hide on the stairs of a nearby house. Françoise is lying on the ground, a pool of blood under her head. She is conscious but cannot move.
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The witnesses come running. The cannibal is vindictive. He makes incoherent remarks and evokes “hell” to justify the unjustifiable. A neighbour, armed with a rifle, managed to push him away. After long seconds, the man is under control. Warned, two crews from the BAC arrive on site, as do the firefighters and then the Samu. So far unmanageable, Jérémy Rimbaud offers no resistance to his arrest. The police realize it at the central police station where he is placed in police custody. Françoise, she can no longer move her arms but manages to recount her attack before being transported to the hospital.
Who is Jérémy Rimbaud, the “cannibal of the Pyrenees”?
At the police station, we quickly realize the pedigree of the aggressor. He is seen by a doctor who considers his condition incompatible with a police custody measure. Return to the Marchant psychiatric hospital for the one who should never have left it.
Interned since 2013 and the murder of a nonagenarian whose heart and tongue he cooked and ate, the former soldier, suffering from schizophrenia and suffering from post-traumatic shock linked to his fighting in Afghanistan, must not go out of the hospital.
How did he escape from the psychiatric hospital?
Jérémy Rimbaud is followed closely and takes strict drug treatment. On Wednesday afternoon, however, he escaped without difficulty from the care establishment. He wins the heart of Toulouse. As soon as his disappearance is announced, his description is communicated to the police. His family home in the Hautes-Pyrénées is placed under surveillance. Jérémy Rimbaud is wanted.
His outing will only last a few hours during the course contained in the time to subject Françoise to long minutes of ordeal. “If a neighbor hadn’t yelled, he would have finished the job,” said a witness.