Suspect in Enschede quadruple murder tried to buy an AK47

Police Enschede cannabis grow shop murders
Evidence technicians comb the area around a grow shop in Enschede, where four people were shot dead. 13 Nov. 2018photo: Politie

Dejan A., one of three suspected shooters in a quadruple murder in Enschede last year, tried to buy an automatic firearm shortly before the murders, the Public Prosecutor revealed in the court in Almelo on Tuesday during a pro-forma hearing against the suspected suppliers of the weapons used in the murders, De Gelderlander reports.

On October 31st, two weeks before the murders on Van Leeuwenhoekstraat, 32-year-old Dejan A. searched online for an AK47. He made contact with Zizi W. from Breda, who was tasked with finding someone who could deliver weapons. According to the Public Prosecutor, Zizi W. brought the suspected gunmen into contact with father and son 32-year-old Dennis and 62-year-old Arie van D., who supplied the weapons used in the murders. 

On November 13th four men, Tuan Nguyen, Artur Sargsyan, Mijkel Akfidan and Max Klaassen, were found murdered in a grow shop on Van Leeuwenhoekstraat in Enschede. The Prosecutor is charging Zizi W., Dennis van D. and Arie van D. with complicity in committing these murders. According to the Prosecutor, they should have known that the supplied weapons were deadly. 

Before Zizi W. made contact with Dennis and Arie van D., she first asked another man to deliver an automatic weapon. She confessed this to two undercover police officers who managed to elicit a statement from her. However, this weapon supplier told her that a Kalashnikov would cost at least 2,500 euros and he wouldn't do it - "big risk, little profit". W. then contacted the two Van D.'s, who supplied the weapons, according to the Prosecutor.

The Prosecutor added that no automatic weapon was used in the Enschede murders. 

The motive for the murders is still unclear, though in November sources told RTV Oost that bad cannabis may have been the cause. Three suspects, a 57-year-old father and his two sons aged 30 and 32, bought a batch of cannabis cuttings that turned out to be of poor quality. They went to the grow shop to get their money back and things got out of hand, according to the broadcaster's sources.