Police confirmed early Monday morning that they had captured a man who’d escaped from prison in Kristiansand early last week. They had described the man as both armed and dangerous.
Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported that the dramatic apprehension occurred during an armed police operation in Hesland, north of Mandal.
It followed an earlier operation last week in Vennesla, a small town not far from Kristiansand. Police said the 46-year-old escaped convict had been living in Vennesla in recent years before his latest prison term began.
In that action, police had received new tips during the night about a man seen walking along a local highway with a motorcycle helmet in his hand. He’d matched the description of the escaped convict and police said he had a history of threatening police with weapons on earlier occasions.
Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) had reported that the 46-year-old convict was serving a prison sentence for violence, making threats and various narcotics offenses. He had escaped from prison on July 6.
News bureau NTB reported the man was serving an 11-month jail term for threatening two police officers in Tvedestrand with a pistol in 2013. He also has 22 earlier convictions on his record and escaped from the most recent one last Monday, when he fled from a guard, jumped over a prison gate and disappeared.
Police launched a major manhunt for him last week and had acted on several tips from the public.