In Weinsberg near Heilbronn, another man has fled a psychiatric clinic. Only recently, four men escaped from the same facility.
Weinsberg – Another patient has fled from the psychiatric clinic in Weinsberg in the Heilbronn district. The police were looking for the 40-year-old on Sunday.
Man flees psychiatry: only recently four men managed to escape from the same facility
The man was housed in an open ward of the mental hospital. On Saturday evening, the police also used a helicopter to search. Motorists in the area shouldn’t take hitchhikers, it said. The fugitive is about 166 centimeters tall, weighs around 76 kilograms and has black hair that has been gelled backwards.
About two and a half weeks ago, four men broke out of a closed ward of the clinic. The men, including three convicted criminals, are considered dangerous. One man was arrested one day after his escape, the other men are still being searched for. “According to current knowledge, there is no connection between the current incident and the escape of the four men from the closed prison of the hospital on September 23,” said the police.
Escape from psychiatric clinic in Weinsberg: SPD calls for review
The spectacular outbreak of the four men had triggered a political dispute in Baden-Württemberg. The SPD parliamentary group in the state parliament demanded that the five penal institutions across the country be checked, as there are security risks.
Patients keep escaping from psychiatric hospitals. Last year there were 47 such cases in Baden-Württemberg alone, according to earlier information from the Ministry of Health. In 1252 patients nationwide, this is a share of less than 4 percent. In the closed areas of all clinics, security officers regularly checked the precautions against attempted escape.
The Klinik am Weissenhof in Weinsberg is an academic teaching hospital of the University of Heidelberg. It is under the supervision of the state of Baden-Württemberg and offers psychiatric, psychotherapeutic and psychosomatic treatment and care for mentally ill people in the Heilbronn region. (md with dpa)