GENEVA – Police in Liechtenstein launched a manhunt Monday for a former fund manager suspected of shooting to death a 48-year-old CEO in a bank’s underground parking garage.
The police said in a statement that the suspected shooter, Juergen Hermann of Liechtenstein, had fled the scene in the village of Balzers in a white-and-grey Smart car.
Swiss broadcaster SRF identified the victim as Juergen Frick, the chief executive officer of Bank Frick, based in Balzers.
The police said Hermann’s passport and driver’s license were found near the Rhine River and inside the passport were “handwritten notes confessing to the crime” including a farewell that indicated he may have committed suicide.
On his website, Hermann calls himself Liechtenstein’s “Robin Hood.”
The newspaper Liechtensteiner Vaterland reported that the police believed Hermann may have drowned himself in the river and Liechtenstein’s water rescue were searching a dam.
But the newspaper said police told a news conference in Vaduz that it could take days or even weeks before the search would be completed, and the alleged murder weapon, a 9-millimeter pistol, also remained missing.
A video surveillance camera in the parking garage of Bank Frick allegedly showed Hermann killing Frick with three shots, the newspaper reported, which followed a past series of well-known threats and insults that Hermann levelled against the bank executive.