The Danish inventor, who was detained in his self-made submarine for the bloody murder of a journalist, was arrested after trying to escape from prison today.
Peter Madsen got out of jail by holding a psychologist hostage with a gun before threatening guards with a bomb, according to Danish media.
He was later seen outdoors, sitting by a roadside, wearing a belt, and surrounded by snipers a few hundred meters from the prison in the suburbs of Copenhagen.
A bomb squad arrived on the cordoned off road while the police faced the killer, the dismembered Swedish reporter Kim Wall after boarding his submarine in 2017.
About three hours after he escaped, police announced that the stalemate had ended and Madsen had been arrested and evicted.
Snipers aim their guns at Peter Madsen, who is sitting by the roadside today after trying to escape from prison in Denmark
Madsen was surrounded by a massive police presence after trying to escape his life sentence in 2017 for the murder of journalist Kim Wall
Danish armed guards are on site today after Peter Madsen made a dramatic attempt to escape his life sentence for the 2017 submarine murder
Danish inventor Peter Madsen (left) was arrested in 2018 for the bloody murder of journalist Kim Wall (right) on his submarine in a Copenhagen harbor
Madsen escaped from prison by using what looked like a gun to convince the guards that the psychologist's life was in danger.
Prison officer Bo Yde Sorensen said Madsen was "armed with a pistol-like object" and the guards rightly locked him out of prison because of an "obvious risk to life".
& # 39; It was very violent and so the staff are pulling out. We suspect it was a dummy, ”he said to BT.
At a press conference this afternoon, police said Madsen then jumped into a white van and forced the person behind the wheel to drive for about five minutes before officers caught up with him.
Detectives have so far struggled to question the driver because he speaks little Danish, but he is not suspected of planning with Madsen, police said.
What happened to the hostage is not clear, but Madsen was surrounded in the grass by the roadside after allegedly telling officers that he was carrying an explosive.
Witnesses said Madsen managed to get away with it in the white van before police stopped him, dragged him out of the vehicle and knocked him to the ground while he was yelling and yelling outside the prison.
Police dogs, trained negotiators and robot-equipped bomb disposal experts were on hand to assess Madsen's threat.
Authorities said at the press conference that Madsen had a realistic looking bomb belt but said it was likely a dummy.
"There is currently no evidence that (the belt) contained explosives … We believe it was a fake," said Copenhagen Police Inspector Mogens Lauridsen, adding that an investigation was ongoing.
The exact nature of his "pistol" was also unclear, and police said they did not know if Madsen did it himself.
At the end of the two-hour break, Madsen was brought back to a van and driven away, although he had not yet been questioned about the escape.
Danish Justice Minister Nick Hækkerup said the escape was "deeply serious" and asked the probation service to investigate.
"It goes without saying that convicted prisoners who have committed the worst crimes cannot escape from custody of the authorities," he said.
"One thing is certain: we will take a number of other measures against the escape of prisoners in the near future."
Danish media said Madsen was previously isolated in Herstedvester Prison – a high-security facility that can accommodate 161 inmates in need of psychiatric or psychological care, as well as sex offenders – because guards suspected he was trying to escape from one of the prisons that famous relaxed prisons in the country.
A witness told Politiken: "It is terrible and strange that he escaped from a prison where there are so many psychopaths."
& # 39; This is a closed prison. We are reviewing our security procedures to determine whether they have been followed and whether they need to be strengthened, ”said prison chief Hoegh Rasmussen.
Madsen's lawyer told the Danish media that they knew nothing about his attempted escape.
Police Inspector Lauridsen said Madsen had not yet been questioned. "It will be soon," he added.
Police equipment on the ramp of a delivery truck during Peter Madsen's operation in Denmark today
Police are standing at a cordon after Peter Madsen was surrounded by police today
A look at Herstedvester Prison, where Madsen served his life sentence
Madsen, 49, was sentenced to life in 2018 for killing, sexually assaulting, and dismembering Wall after boarding his submarine.
Wall's mutilated body was found in August 2017 after boarding the self-made submarine in Copenhagen to do a piece of research on the eccentric inventor.
Police divers then retrieved a weighted bag that contained her head, other body parts, and clothing.
Madsen was rescued from the waters between Denmark and Sweden shortly before the sinking of his submarine.
Investigators later recovered and searched the sunken submarine.
Madsen changed his version of events several times, initially claiming Wall was alive and that he dropped her on a nearby island.
He later said she hit her head against the submarine's hatch before switching course again, claiming she was suffocated from an accidental gas leak.
However, forensic tests revealed that she either strangled or cut her throat – and that Madsen stabbed her in her breasts and genitals with a knife or screwdriver at the time of her death.
Danish judge Anette Burkoe said it was a & # 39;cynical and planned sexual assault and brutal murder of a random woman who, in connection with her journalistic work, had accepted an offer to go sailing in the defendant's submarine.
The homemade submarine & # 39; UC3 Nautilus & # 39; which was built by Danish inventor Peter Madsen and in which he killed Kim Wall in 2017
He first confessed to the murder in a documentary broadcast in September after insisting during the trial that her death was an accident.
“There's only one guilty and that's me,” Madsen said in the documentary.
Life sentences in Denmark usually mean 16 years in prison. However, convicts are reassessed to determine whether they would pose a threat to society if released.
Danish prisons are also known for their less criminal conditions. Most inmates are held in open prisons.
Prisoners are paid for at least 37 hours of work, are entitled to sick pay, and can watch TV, play games and prepare their own meals. You can still vote in elections.
Some prisoners may leave their families every three weeks and see, if not, if they are classified as a flight risk.
According to a report on the Danish prison system, only 0.1 percent of prison leave resulted in re-insulting the inmate.
A 2016 Washington Post report found that guards did not search inmates or visitors for drugs even though they knew they were being smuggled in.
Knives and vegetable peelers that were used to attack other prisoners were merely anchored to a cell wall and not removed, the report said.
"Conditions in prison must, as much as possible, reflect conditions in society outside," says the Danish prison service website.
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