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after the bloody brawl in Crépol, the gendarmes’ investigation advances

More than fifty witness interviews were conducted by the Grenoble SR gendarmes. Rozenn Morgat / Le Figaro

Three days after the violent brawl which took place at the end of the winter ball in the Drôme commune, more than fifty witnesses were interviewed by the gendarmes.

Three days after the murder of young Thomas at the winter ball in Crépol (Drôme), investigations by gendarmes from the Grenoble research section continue. While the bloody brawl which took place on the night of Saturday October 18 to Sunday October 19 sowed fear in the village and its surroundings, these should make it possible to identify and arrest the perpetrators who took the fled after stabbing the teenager to death and seriously injuring three other people.

They must also determine the reasons for what appears to be organized revenge. Were Thomas and his comrades specifically targeted by the gang of young people? Were the young people participating in the Crépol evening the subject of a settling of scores?

The investigation is progressing. “More than fifty witness interviews were conducted” And “such a large number is scheduled in the coming hours” by the gendarmes, specifies the Valencia prosecutor’s office in a press release. Photographic plates were also presented to witnesses of the facts, and made it possible to collect “matching elements”Who “target several suspects”.


In parallel, “numerous analyzes of connections to telephone relays are underway, involving the cross-checking of several tens of thousands of activations”, also details Laurent de Caigny, the public prosecutor of Valence. Witnesses to the scene that evening also provided investigators with “clues” allowing us to gradually identify the “outfits”«distinctive signs” And “behaviors of the attackers”. Video protection systems are also used, “specifying from hour to hour the exact course of the evening and the identification and location leads of the suspects”.

However, the prosecution cautiously specifies, there is nothing to say that the suspects are an organized gang coming from one and the same place. “It is, however, false to assert that the hostile group would be made up of individuals all from the same city and the same neighborhood”argues the Valencia prosecutor, specifying that the links between the possible suspects and currently being identified do not resemble a “territorial logic”. Three days after the tragedy, a number of residents, relatives of Thomas and students who met him at the Dauphiné high school affirm that the perpetrators come from the Monnaie district, a city located a stone’s throw from the high school and often the scene of trafficking and settlement of accounts.

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