ODENSE, Denmark — A Danish inventor convicted of killing a journalist aboard his home made submarine in Copenhagen in 2017 briefly escaped from jail on Tuesday, in response to studies from native information retailers, however was apprehended by the police.
The inventor, Peter Madsen, reportedly fled the Herstedvester Jail close to Copenhagen, however was arrested a short while later in Albertslund, on the western outskirts of the town. Photos and videos posted by Ekstra Bladet, an area information outlet, appeared to indicate Mr. Madsen seated on the aspect of the highway surrounded by cops with the world cordoned off. Media studies mentioned he might have had a “belt-like” object round his waist.
The police mentioned in an announcement posted to Twitter that that they had responded to an incident in Albertslund wherein “a person has been arrested after tried escape” however didn’t identify Mr. Madsen. A short while later, the police mentioned that the particular person had been faraway from the scene. The state broadcaster, DR, said the police had confirmed the escaped prisoner was Mr. Madsen.
The police additionally mentioned that investigators had been on website and that the world had been cordoned off. Kirsten Schlichting, 78, who lives and works close to the jail, spoke with TV 2, a nationwide information community, and described a heavy police presence as officers tried to apprehend Mr. Madsen.
“The one factor I’m frightened about is the college which can be shut by, however I don’t know if there are college students there,” Ms. Schlichting mentioned. “However I’m not afraid. There’s numerous police watching out.”
Mr. Madsen was discovered responsible of the premeditated killing — equal to a homicide conviction — of the journalist Kim Wall in 2018 and sentenced to life in prison. A life sentence is uncommon in Denmark, even in homicide circumstances, however Ms. Wall’s grisly loss of life horrified the nation, and the brutality of the crime made Mr. Madsen’s trial one of the most closely watched in Scandinavian historical past.
Ms. Wall, 30, disappeared after assembly Mr. Madsen for an interview aboard his home made submarine in August 2017. Her physique was later found dismembered, and Mr. Madsen was quickly arrested and charged together with her killing.
Mr. Madsen initially provided a collection of shifting explanations about Ms. Wall’s whereabouts, earlier than admitting to dismembering her body and tossing physique elements overboard. However he denied killing her.