The suspect brought into custody following a triple homicide in a pizzeria in Laukaa, Central Finland, on Sunday was employed by the pizzeria. The 36-year-old man from Jyväskylä has no previous criminal record and the motive for his actions remains unclear, according to police. 

Police on Monday revealed that the homicides were committed with a blunt instrument and that the suspect is being held on suspicion of three manslaughters.

In addition, police confirmed that the couple who owned the pizzeria – a 50-year-old man and his 42-year-old wife – died in the incident along with a 46-year-old employee of the restaurant. The owners had two children under the age of 18 while the 46-year-old employee had no children.

The homicides took place on Sunday afternoon.

Police were alerted to the crime scene by a passer-by who had noticed a man behaving erratically outside the restaurant. The responding officers discovered the bodies of the three victims after entering the premises to look into the report.

The suspect was later apprehended close to the crime scene.

The suspect and victims were all of foreign origin and had lived in Finland for a while.

Police have asked all who visited the pizzeria-restaurant Midia on Sunday to contact the investigators at 050 456 0471. The restaurant opened its doors for customers at noon Sunday, according to its website. The call to the emergency call centre was placed at 1.20pm.

Minna Passi – HS
Aleksi Teivainen – HT