Tourists Arrested for Attack on Prague Waiter, Identified by Dutch Media

via Instagram / arminnahvi
via Instagram / arminnahvi

A group of seven Dutch tourists made headlines for all the wrong reasons in Prague over the weekend.

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On Saturday afternoon, the group assaulted waiters at the Polpo Bar & Restaurant, located on the ground level of the Quadrio shopping center off Vladislavova street.

The attack unfolded in the outdoor garden section of the restaurant, located next to the rotating sculpture of Franz Kafka by David Černý.

When told by waitstaff that they could not drink their own alcohol at the restaurant, a verbal argument led to an out-and-out brawl that left one waiter unconscious.

The injured waiter was later transferred to intensive care in serious condition to undergo head surgery.

In an attempt to identify the men, Prague police released footage of the attack, which spread over local news reports and social media.

On Saturday evening, the same group of men were accused of harassing women at a bar on Dlouhá street in Prague, and even physically assaulting one woman.

With fears that the men would soon flee, Prague police had been monitoring Václav Havel Airport in the ensuing days. On Monday, they arrested all seven suspects at the Airport while attempting to leave the country.

Two of the men have been charged with causing the serious injuries, while police are still deciding whether to charge an additional three.

The remaining two men have been released after it was determined that they did not participate in the attack.

In the Netherlands, Dutch press today revealed the names of the attackers along with information about them, including a photo posted to an Instagram account just hours after the attack in Prague (seen above).

According to De Telegraff, one of the men who was released works as a policeman in Amsterdam in the High Impact Crime team, which investigates serious crimes.

According to Algemeen Dagblad, the two main suspects are brothers who own a gym in Amsterdam. One of them also works as a personal trainer. Both men have experience in boxing, and “not only at an amateur level,” a source told iDnes.cz.

If convicted of grievous bodily harm, the main attackers could face up to ten years in prison.

Daniel Lee

Daniel Lee

The versatile Danny Lee has been living in Prague and writing about the Czech capital for the past 15 years. You've probably read his work in the past without even knowing it.
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