1970 April 3 1970, West Berlin
On their way from picking up a buried stash of guns, Astrid Proll and Andreas Baader are stopped by police. The cops quickly deduce that Baader is not the “Peter Chenowitz” listed on his forged ID card, but are not quite sure who they have on their hands so they take him into custody. Mahler inadvertently gives away Baader’s identity the next morning when he calls the police station and asks for information about the arrest of “Herr Baader.” “Only if you can confirm that the person we have in custody is, in fact, Herr Baader,” replies the cop.
Mahler’s group quickly directs most of its efforts towards getting Baader out of jail.