EXCLUSIVE TESTIMONY. Cannibal escaped in Toulouse: a witness recounts the ultra-violent aggression of the septuagenarian
Françoise, this 73-year-old woman attacked on Wednesday evening in the Chalets district of Toulouse, was defended by neighbors. Jack, the first responder testifies.
“I was here, on my sofa, my window was open and I heard the cries of a woman in the street”. Jack, 24, lives in a small building very close to the scene of Françoise’s assault, in the Chalets district of Toulouse. Shortly before 10 p.m. on Wednesday January 19, he witnessed an ultra-violent scene while leaning out of his window. “There, I see in the distance someone with a big stick hitting this woman”.
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Neither one nor two, the witness puts on his sneakers. He runs down the stairs of his apartment building. “I got off as quickly as possible. When I arrived, the man was gone. The woman was on her back, her arms outstretched. She had a pool of blood behind her head. I looked for where the the guys were able to find each other.”
“He was completely incoherent”
Opposite the scene of the attack, Jack sees a man on the steps of the staircase of a pavilion. “I wasn’t sure it was him. There was someone in the accommodation. This resident gave me a sign to tell me that it was indeed the aggressor on the steps”. So Jack goes into contact. “I took this guy to task. I asked him why he did that. He was completely incoherent. He was talking about hell… Then he came down the stairs.”
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At that moment, a neighbor arrives with a rifle and threatens Jérémy Rimbaud. The madman tries to snatch the weapon from his hands and receives blows with the rifle. It is mastered with difficulty. “He was on the ground on his stomach”. A neighbor called the fire department and I called the police. “I was able to speak with the lady who had a headache”. He wanted to get up to fight. Then he sat down again. I told the police to come quickly and two BAC vehicles arrived.”
“A free act”
At the time of his arrest, Jérémy Rimbaud surprises the witnesses. “He didn’t put up any resistance, it was really weird compared to his behavior just before. In fact, everything was weird, he looked almost normal. I wouldn’t have worried if I saw him in the street. He was no longer threatening when he no longer had his 1m20 stick thicker than a club. He even had a crying fit”.
On land, Françoise is “lucid”. “She told me he hit her on the head and arms. When the firefighters arrived, she couldn’t move her arms. The Samu had to intervene. I think she has arms broken”. A total of four people intervened during the attack. “I think that if a neighbor hadn’t yelled, he would have finished the job. For me it’s a free act, he didn’t know her. She’s a lady you see every day taking her dog out “.
After the victim left for the hospital, the neighbors continued their chain of solidarity and took in the latter’s animal.