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Dangerous Prisoner Escapes Captivity, Still at Large

The police in Selfoss, South Iceland, in collaboration with other jurisdictions searched for a detainee who escaped Litla-Hraun maximum security prison around noon yesterday but so far, the search has been fruitless.

litlahraun_psLitla-Hraun prison. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

The prisoner, Matthías Máni Erlingsson, who is 24, is serving a sentence for attempted murder, Fréttablaðið reports.

Director General of Prison and Probation Administration Páll Winkel explained that Matthías is believed to have climbed over the fence surrounding the prison and hitched a ride to Reykjavík.

Yesterday evening, when it turned out that Matthías had escaped, all efforts were invested in finding him. “We immediately told the police that we consider him to be dangerous,” Páll said.

Matthías was sentenced to five years in prison in mid-September 2012 for the attempted murder of his former stepmother the previous April. He broke into her home, grabbed her by the throat and tried to suffocate her with a pillow but then ran away.

Later in the night, Matthías returned to his former stepmother’s home and repeatedly beat her with a candlestick. Páll said the first thing they did after discovering Matthías’s escape was to make sure his former stepmother was in a secure location.

Páll added that the prison break is taken very seriously. “We must review the entire affair and our work methods.”

Matthías is described as 171 centimeters tall and of slim build. He was wearing a gray hooded jumper, dark trousers and a black woolen hat when he escaped. Click here to see a picture of him on visir.is.

Those who might have seen Matthías or have information about his whereabouts are asked to contact the police in Selfoss by calling: (+354) 410-8080.

Click here to read about the attempted murder the prisoner is serving time for.


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