The man has been on the run since fleeing the psychiatric ward of the Karsudden Hospital in Katrineholm, central Sweden. He has been in out of mental health institutions for 26 years and is heavily reliant on medication.
Police received tip-offs that that man matching his description was in an apartment in Södertälje, southwest of Stockholm after earlier reports that he was hitchiking in Katrineholm in the southeast of the country.
Officers in both Södertälje and Stockholm are currently working on bringing the man in.
“We have received information from two different people who said he was standing outside and hitchiking in Katrineholm on Saturday,” said Jocke Andersson of Södermanland police to SVT.
He added: “They are two independent tips pointing to essentially the same place so they have high credibility.”
Police warned that if the man drinks any alcohol or takes drugs, there is a risk that he will be “very dangerous.”
He was last seen wearing a brown leather jacket and black jogging trousers, and has a deep wound on his right arm and a flag tattooed on his left shoulder. He has been described as 180 centimetres tall, heavy bodied, and with a rectangular face. He has dark blonde hair, green eyes, crooked teeth and a straight nose.
Members of the public who may encounter the man have been advised to dial 112 immediately and to not engage with the fugitive.
The 54-year-old was convicted for aggravated rape in 1987, and was admitted to the Karsudden ward in 2005.