Danish submarine killer caught after prison escape

Denmark Killed Reporter

Peter Madsen, who was convicted of killing Swedish journalist Kim Wall in a self-built submarine in 2017, was caught by Danish authorities on Tuesday after he briefly escaped from prison, police told Reuters.

Danish police earlier said on Twitter they had arrested a man just outside the capital Copenhagen, after he had fled prison.

Footage released by tabloid Ekstra Bladet showed a man resembling Peter Madsen sitting up against a fence surrounded by police forces at a distance.

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A police office watches Peter Madsen as he sits on the side of a road after being apprehended following a failed escape attempt in Albertslund, Denmark, Tuesday Oct. 20, 2020. The self-taught Danish engineer, who was convicted of torturing and murdering a Swedish journalist on his homemade submarine in 2017 before dismembering her body and dumping it at sea, on Tuesday was captured after attempted prison escape outside the suburban Copenhagen jail where he is serving life-time sentence. (Nils Meilvang/Ritzau Scanpix via AP)
A police office watches Peter Madsen as he sits on the side of a road after being apprehended following a failed escape attempt in Albertslund, Denmark, Tuesday Oct. 20, 2020. The self-taught Danish engineer, who was convicted of torturing and murdering a Swedish journalist on his homemade submarine in 2017 before dismembering her body and dumping it at sea, on Tuesday was captured after attempted prison escape outside the suburban Copenhagen jail where he is serving life-time sentence. (Nils Meilvang/Ritzau Scanpix via AP)
A police marksman and his dog observes convicted killer Peter Madsen threatening police with detonating a bomb while attempting to break out of jail in Albertslund, Denmark on 20 October 2020 - Madsen serves a life sentence for the 2017 murder of Swedish journalist Kim Wall on board his submarine, UC3 Nautilus. (Photo by Nils Meilvang / Ritzau Scanpix / AFP) / Denmark OUT (Photo by NILS MEILVANG/Ritzau Scanpix/AFP via Getty Images)
A police marksman and his dog (Bottom L) observes convicted killer Peter Madsen (Center L) threatening police with detonating a bomb while attempting to break out of jail in Albertslund, Denmark on 20 October 2020 - Madsen serves a life sentence for the 2017 murder of Swedish journalist Kim Wall on board his submarine, UC3 Nautilus. (Photo by Nils Meilvang / Ritzau Scanpix / AFP) / Denmark OUT (Photo by NILS MEILVANG/Ritzau Scanpix/AFP via Getty Images)
FILE - In this April 30, 2008 file photo, submarine owner Peter Madsen stands inside the vessel. A Danish prosecutor said Tuesday Jan. 16, 2018 that inventor Peter Madsen has been charged with murdering Swedish journalist Kim Wall during a trip on his private submarine, saying he either cut her throat or strangled her. Prosecutor Jakob Buch-Jepsen said Tuesday the case is "very unusual and extremely gross." (Niels Hougaard /Ritzau via AP, File)
Peter Madsen, Danish inventor, engineer, rocket- and u-boat builder, talks about entrepreneurship during Danish Business Day event held in Copenhagen, Denmark, May 9, 2017. Scanpix Denmark/Ida Marie Odgaard/via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. DENMARK OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN DENMARK.
COPENHAGEN,DENMARK - MAY 31: Kasper Emil Feld in the Nautilus submarine. Feld worked as the closest helper to Madsen in his rocket and submarine projects. He also testified in the trial. Peter Madsen is a Danish inventor who built his own sea-worthy submarine called Nautilus. In August 2017 Swedish journalist Kim Wall disappeared from his vessel after boarding to write a feature on the inventor. Her dismembered corpse was found in the sea weeks later. Peter Madsen stands trial for her murder beginning 8th March 2018.(Photo by Mikko Suominen/Getty Images)
COPENHAGEN,DENMARK - MAY 31: Peter Madsen next to a full size model of a rocket's motor section with fins. Taken on May 31, 2017 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Peter Madsen is a Danish inventor who built his own sea-worthy submarine called Nautilus. In August 2017 Swedish journalist Kim Wall disappeared from his vessel after boarding to write a feature on the inventor. Her dismembered corpse was found in the sea weeks later. Peter Madsen stands trial for her murder beginning 8th March 2018. (Photo by Mikko Suominen/Getty Images)
COPENHAGEN,DENMARK - MAY 31: Peter Madsen next to a rocket's lower portion. Taken on May 31, 2017 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Peter Madsen is a Danish inventor who built his own sea-worthy submarine called Nautilus. In August 2017 Swedish journalist Kim Wall disappeared from his vessel after boarding to write a feature on the inventor. Her dismembered corpse was found in the sea weeks later. Peter Madsen stands trial for her murder beginning 8th March 2018. (Photo by Mikko Suominen/Getty Images) Photos taken on 31st May 2017.
COPENHAGEN,DENMARK - MAY 31: Submarine UC3 Nautilus diving on May 31, 2017 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Peter Madsen is a Danish inventor who built his own sea-worthy submarine called Nautilus. In August 2017 Swedish journalist Kim Wall disappeared from his vessel after boarding to write a feature on the inventor. Her dismembered corpse was found in the sea weeks later. Peter Madsen stands trial for her murder beginning 8th March 2018. (Photo by Mikko Suominen/Getty Images)
COPENHAGEN,DENMARK - MAY 31: Submarine UC3 Nautilus with Madsen and a team member in the tower on May 31, 2017 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Peter Madsen is a Danish inventor who built his own sea-worthy submarine called Nautilus. In August 2017 Swedish journalist Kim Wall disappeared from his vessel after boarding to write a feature on the inventor. Her dismembered corpse was found in the sea weeks later. Peter Madsen stands trial for her murder beginning 8th March 2018. (Photo by Mikko Suominen/Getty Images) Photos taken on 31st May 2017.
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Madsen was sentenced to life in prison in 2018 for murdering, sexually mutilating and dismembering Wall aboard the submarine in Copenhagen harbour.

Police later said the operation, taking place less than a kilometre from the prison where Madsen is serving his sentence, was over and that the man under arrest had been taken away.

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