The scene lasted only a few seconds but enough to wipe out an entire family. A man, apparently quite old, died on Sunday morning while running in the street after his thief, police sources said. This tragedy took place on the rue du Volga, near Charonne in Paris, a stone's throw from the Porte de Montreuil.
It was 11:30 a.m. when firefighters were called by passers-by to a man who had just collapsed to the ground. When they arrived, the victim was already in cardiopulmonary arrest. The victims tried to give CPR but it was too late. A doctor eventually declares the elderly person dead.
A crew from the 20th arrondissement police station also went to the scene to try to determine the circumstances of the tragedy. The police made a neighbourhood investigation and learned that the victim's bank card had just been stolen. A robbery that takes place in front of the ATM of a bank branch.
Can the thief be held responsible for this death?
The Paris prosecutor's office, which was unable to respond to us on Sunday evening, opened an investigation and entrusted it to the second judicial police district. It is not known which qualification was used. Can the thief, if he is ever caught, be prosecuted for this death? Can we talk about manslaughter?
"This is a very rare case," said a judicial source. For there to be manslaughter, there must have been a violation of a law or regulation. There, there is no clumsiness or physical violence against the victim. So on the face of it, it would seem that theft and death are two different things."
An autopsy will most certainly be performed to try to find out more.