BRUSSELS, Belgium – A 20-year-old man accused of a day-care center stabbing spree was carrying a backpack of weapons and the addresses of three other nurseries when he was arrested, Belgian authorities said Saturday.
Prosecutor Christian Du Four said the man held in Friday's fatal rampage lived alone, was unemployed and had no criminal record or previously known mental problems.
Three judicial officials told The Associated Press that police found the addresses of the other nurseries after taking the man into custody. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the information was not being publicly released.
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Du Four said the suspect wore a bulletproof vest under his clothing and had a knife, an axe and a fake pistol. He said that police also found two other knives near the daycare center where a 9-month old girl, a 6-month old boy and a 54-year-old caregiver were killed.
Du Four said he would not comment on whether the suspect planned other attacks, but said the weapons found in his backpack "point to premeditation."
Investigators believe the suspect entered the "Fabeltjesland" — Fairytale-land — creche at around 10 a.m. on Friday with an eight-inch knife and started stabbing and slashing the children. He had painted his face white with black patches around the eyes.
Belgian newspapers are referring to the attacker as the "Joker" killer, a reference to the "Batman" villain played by Heath Ledger.
Dr. Ignace Demeyer, from Our Lady Hospital in nearby Aalst said six of the 10 wounded children could be released from care over the weekend. Two adults were also hurt. All those hurt were in stable condition Saturday.
The prosecutor's office in the town of Dendermonde, located northwest of Brussels, said the man was charged with three counts of murder and lived in Belsele, a town around 12.43 miles north of Dendermonde.
Du Four said the suspect, whom local media have identified as "Kim D," is refusing to cooperate with police after hours of questioning at a police station in Dendermonde where he is being held.
"The man has so far not admitted to anything and has refused to do so," Du Four said at a press conference in Dendermonde . He added the suspect has been placed under judicial arrest and in custody until a court hearing expected on Tuesday.
The man in question was charged on the basis of identifications by eyewitnesses at the day-care center, Du Four said.
Police have also searched his house and seized a computer.
"We don't know anything in terms of motive, we also don't know whether there is a link between the man and Dendermonde," said Du Four.
One worker tried but failed to disarm the suspect, who walked out of the building and rode off on a bicycle. He was later arrested in a nearby town.
Belgians were in shock after the brutal attack and many gathered outside the building Saturday to leave flowers and teddy bears and light candles in memory of the victims. The De Standaard newspaper described the rampage as "madness," while De Morgen headlined "Cold, Bloodthirsty, Inhuman."
"We thought that things like this only happened in the United States and now we see that in Belgium, in a small village like this ... that such a thing could happen, it is very, very bad," said local resident Serge De Plecker.
Some 40,000 people also joined a condolences and support page on the Facebook networking site.
A march and vigil outside the center was also planned for the coming days, said Dendermonde Mayor Piet Buyse.