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Cops find violent fugitive despite close shave

A violent man who escaped from a psychiatric hospital last week was found by police on Monday, despite dramatically changing his appearance from the picture police had published.

Cops find violent fugitive despite close shave

The man had been on the run since Friday when he fled the psychiatric ward of the Karsudden Hospital in Katrineholm, central Sweden. Police warned that he had been in and out of mental health institutions for 26 years and was heavily dependent on medication.

They also said he was prone to dangerous outbursts and could be violent.

Officers waited until Saturday to release an image of the man – in which he sported a striking red, flowing beard – in the hopes the public could help track him down, but it wasn’t his mugshot that led to his arrest.

In fact, the fugitive had shaved off the beard and was unrecognizable to officers who pulled him over on the E4 highway on Monday in Linköping, central Sweden.

The only reason police identified him was due to the fact that he was driving his own car which had been flagged by authorities.

The man’s capture was undramatic, according to police, with the 54-year-old initially lying about who he was. The police saw through the ruse, and took the escapee to the police station.

“We want to find out what happened while he was on the run, we don’t know whether he has committed any crimes,” Fredrik Wallén of the Södermanland County police told the TT news agency.

The 54-year-old was convicted for aggravated rape in 1987, and was admitted to the Karsudden ward in 2005.

The man has been under psychiatric care for 26 years, during which time he has committed several crimes, including coercion, theft, and violence against officers.

The man will be taken back to hospital as soon as possible.

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‘Dangerous’ man on the run after hospital escape

A 54-year-old man with a history of violence is on the run in Sweden after he escaped from a psychiatric hospital on Friday, with police warning the public that he is very dangerous.

The man made a run for it from the psychiatric ward of the Karsudden Hospital in Katrineholm, central Sweden.

Local police warned that if the man drinks any alcohol or takes drugs, there is a risk that he will be “very dangerous”. The man has been previously convicted for aggravated violence and rape and was under psychiatric care.

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.

“If you see him, ring 112 immediately. Do not talk to him,” Lars Ånestrand of the local police told the TT news agency.

Six police patrols are on the lookout for the man, who is believed to have taken a bicycle after escaping, but Ånestrand referred to the search as a “needle in a haystack” job.

The 54-year-old was convicted for aggravated rape in 1987, and was admitted to the Karsudden ward in 2005.

The man has been under psychiatric care for 26 years, during which time he has committed several crimes, including coercion, theft, and violence against officers.

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