Man who threatened to blow up himself, building faces multiple charges


The Egyptian man who had threatened to blow up himself and his girlfriend, whom he had held hostage, with a gas canister Saturday, has been charged with one felony, abduction, and five misdemeanors.

The accused 34-year-old broke into the apartment of his Bulgarian-born former girlfriend in the Athens neighborhood of Agios Panteleimonas, home to many migrants, led her to his own apartment while threatening her with a knife and held her hostage. He threatened to blow up the whole apartment building with the liquid gas canister.

Police forces, including a negotiator, managed to arrest the man Saturday night.

The man appeared before an examining magistrate early Sunday afternoon and has been given time to prepare his defense.