Machete man goes berserk in Swedish clinic

The man who attacked a woman with a machete last week, injuring her badly, flew into a rage once more on Saturday and attacked the staff of the psychiatric clinic where he's currently being treated, according to local media.

Machete man goes berserk in Swedish clinic

The 33-year-old man grabbed the leg of a chair and with it broke windows and threatened the staff at the Sundsvall’s psychiatric clinic, in northern Sweden, reported local newspaper Sundsvalls Tidning (ST).

Police were called to the clinic, to help the staff who were unable to disarm the aggressive man on their own.

“The situation was very threatening, but luckily no one was injured,” said the clinic’s press spokesman Bengt Eriksson to ST.

It’s been just ten days since the 33 year-old man went on a wild rampage with a machete in Sundsvall, slashing a woman in the face so badly that she reportedly lost an eye. Before the police caught up with the man, he also crashed his car, threatened a group of high school students, and hijacked their minivan.

According to ST, the man suffers from severe mental problems and has been in and out of clinics since the summer of 2010.

Since last week’s attack, he’s been treated at the psychiatric clinic in Sundsvall, where he now lashed out again.

“This is the first time we’ve been forced to ask the police for help, and they did a good job,” said Eriksson to ST.

“We’ve placed the machete man in isolation, into a very sterile environment where there aren’t any loose objects.”

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Is Elijah Wood in Sundsvall and what is he doing there?

It is not that Sundsvall is not a nice town. It is just that it is not normally the place where Hollywood stars go for a night out. So rumours that Elijah Wood was visiting the town quickly went viral on Thursday.

Is Elijah Wood in Sundsvall and what is he doing there?
The main shopping street in Sundsvall. And Elijah Wood. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT & Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP

The 35-year-old actor of Lord of the Rings fame was reportedly spotted visiting restaurant 'Tuppen' in the central Swedish town, which posted picture evidence on Facebook and Instagram late on Wednesday.

News of the unexpected celebrity visit quickly dominated local news headlines in Sweden, and was picked up by some of the national newspapers too, with growing excitement on social media. Several newspapers even asked readers to call them if they had any more information about the visit.

“Starstruck at Tuppen. Celebrity visit in the shape of Elijah Wood himself from the Lord of the Rings. Thanks for the visit!” wrote the restaurant.

Not everyone was convinced that it actually was the star, however, and some speculated that it could just be a lookalike or a clever PR trick by the restaurant itself to attract more visitors.

“I think it's fake. They had a customer who looked like him and wanted to joke,” wrote one person on their Facebook page. “Is it fake or is he looking for the ring in Sundsvall now?” wrote another.

Wood, who's currently starring in BBC America series Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, visited Stockholm last month to perform at the Södra Teatern venue with his friend Zach Cowie as DJ duo Wooden Wisdom. His film production company SpectreVision, of which he is a co-founder, helped produce Swedish 2013 science fiction movie LFO.

With a population of some 50,000 people, historic sawmill town Sundsvall is the third biggest town in Sweden's northern region Norrland and Sweden's 21st biggest town overall. It is home to one of the campuses of Mid-Sweden University as well as Sweden's first-ever international casino.

Sundsvall's nearby island Alnön was recently voted one of the most beautiful places in Sweden. Restaurant Tuppen is one of a number of restaurants in the town. It opened in May this year and aims to serve locally produced meat and fish.

The reason behind Wood's supposed visit to the town was not immediately known, but it would not be the first time an international celebrity has fallen in love with unexpected places in Sweden.

Last year US-Haitian rapper Wyclef Jean revealed that he wanted to move to Sandviken outside Gävle. British actor Hugh Grant recently bought a house in Torekov, southern Sweden. And rapper Kanye West paid a visit to the rural town of Älmhult to convince its Ikea headquarters to let him design furniture.