Violent mental patient escapes clinic and kidnaps woman

DPA/The Local
DPA/The Local - [email protected] • 11 Dec, 2008 Updated Thu 11 Dec 2008 07:02 CEST
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A psychologically ill man escaped from a clinic in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia wielding a kitchen knife and kidnapped a woman in her car, police reported on Thursday.

The 24-year-old patient fled the Rheinberg clinic on Wednesday morning, according to police. He then found a roadway and stopped a car. He forced the 45-year-old female driver to give him clothing and cash before he asked her to drive him across the border to Venlo in the Netherlands.

Police are not sure what happened to the mental patient for the next several hours, but Dutch authorities were able to apprehend him by Wednesday afternoon, they said.



DPA/The Local 2008/12/11 07:02

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