The exact circumstances of his escape from prison were not immediately clear. Police said he escaped after holding a prison officer hostage while carrying objects resembling a pistol and a bomb belt, Reuters reported. Police caught Madsen in a van near the facility within five minutes of being informed he had escaped, Danish police officer Mogens Lauridsen said on Tuesday.
“There is no indication that the belt contains explosives,” Lauridsen said.
Speaking to Lauridsen, prison chief Hanne Hogg Rasmussen said no one was injured and that prison staff were receiving psychological support after the incident, the Associated Press reported.
Wall, a prolific and experienced journalist who has reported internationally on a wide variety of publications, disappeared on August 1
Authorities later restored her dismembered body off the coast of Copenhagen. In 2018, Madsen was found guilty of sexual assault, premeditated murder and improper handling of a corpse in 2018. During his sentence in April 2018, Judge Annette Burko said that Madsen killed Wall in a “serious and brutal manner.” “.
Danish Justice Minister Nick Heckerup said in a statement posted on Twitter that authorities would “take a number of additional measures against the escape of prisoners in the near future”.
“It goes without saying that convicted prisoners who have committed the most serious crimes possible should not be able to escape the authorities’ arrest,” he said.
This report has been updated.
Ruby Melen contributed to this report.