The Reykjavík Metropolitan Police arrested a man in his twenties yesterday morning on suspicion of assaulting a 76-year-old man, resulting in a broken arm, and stealing his car the second weekend of January.
The victim was found dead in his home in Kópavogur on Wednesday last week, four days after the assault. Preliminary results indicate that the cause of death was heart attack but the case is not being investigated as manslaughter, Fréttablaðið reports.
On the evening of January 12 the suspect is believed to have stopped the older man as he was driving on Hverfisgata in central Reykjavík, entered the vehicle and forced the driver to take him to Kópavogur.
Once there, the suspect is said to have attacked the older man, thrown him out of the car and driven away. The man lay there helpless until two women found him and called the police.
This week, the police’s investigation led to the man’s arrest. Questioning was supposed to take place yesterday evening. The man, who has a history with the police, is believed to have acted alone.