The suspect was accused of rape in 2017 and was jailed in that case from August to September 2017 and then again from Jan. 4 this year because he refused to work with authorities investigating the case. He was released on March 1 after pledging to cooperate.
Tanis was also convicted in March of shoplifting and burglary in 2018. He was handed a prison sentence of four months for the burglary and a week for the shop theft, but has not served any time yet as the cases can still be appealed.
The attack prompted a citywide lockdown while the country’s counter-terror office raised the threat level to maximum. Utrecht Mayor Jan van Zanen earlier called the shooting a “horrible and radical incident” and said his “thoughts are with” the victims and their loved ones.
“The most important thing at the moment is taking care of the wounded and investigating the circumstances of the incident,” he said in a statement at the time. “We do not exclude anything, not even a terrorist attack.”
Fox News’ Katherine Lam and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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