Danish submarine killer Peter Madsen took a female psychologist hostage and then escaped from prison in Copenhagen on Tuesday, keeping police at bay for nearby two hours after he wore what police feared was an explosives belt strapped around his abdomen. The 49-year-old escaped from Herstedvester prison at around 10am, seizing the woman and brandishing a “pistol-like object”. “He used her as a shield to threaten the staff to open the gate. It was very violent and the staff, therefore, chose to back off,” Bo Yde Sorensen, Chairman of the Danish Prison Federation, told Ekstra Bladet newspaper. “The weapon was life-like so the prison guards at the gate did not dare take any chances in relation to the hostage, who they judged to be in life danger. He threatened to kill her if they did not open the gate.” Madsen, who murdered a Swedish journalist on his submarine in 2017, made it little more than half a mile from the prison gates.
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