Axeman escapes from hospital

The 40-year-old axe-wielding man who stopped traffic for nearly eight hours on Tuesday threatening to hang himself from a Stockholm bridge escaped from the hospital to which he was sent for psychiatric evaluation on Wednesday evening.

Police said he simply opened a window and hopped out after being left alone.

“When they (hospital staff) left him without supervision, he was able to open up a window and jump out,” said Björn Engström, police spokesman.

Staff from St. Göran’s hospital on Kungsholmen called police who began a neighborhood search soon after.

Some 40 minutes later, at about 8:15 p.m., police found the man in Stadshagen, not far from the hospital. The man was taken into custody without problems.

It was on Tuesday, the man had threatened to hang himself from Norrbro, a bridge in central Stockholm. He attacked two cars with his axe, crushing one windshield and destroying a rescue vehicle’s tire.

He was taken into police custody after about eight hours, around 11 p.m. The man was taken to the hospital directly after Tuesday’s struggle.

Hopefully the hospital will lock its windows this time.