Story By: Gheorghi Caraseni, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News
This is the moment six young patients at a psychiatric hospital take a nurse hostage and demand the keys from a doctor before escaping from the facility.
The incident was filmed in the city of Irkutsk in the southern Russian region of Irkutsk Oblast and the CCTV footage was later widely shared on social media.
In the video, a young man is seen approaching two medics at a table with what appears to be a blade in his hand.
He grabs the nurse from behind and holds the blade to her neck before several accomplices run over and demand the keys from the doctor.
The doctor hands over the keys and the gang backs away while still holding the nurse hostage.
In the second video, the group is seen filing through an open door with the knifeman and the nurse leaving last.
Once clear on the other side, the knifeman releases the nurse and she sits on a nearby bench, visibly shaken.
Local media identified the six escapees, born between 1992 and 2001, as Vinogradov D.V., Kondratiuk S.A., Manusov V.V., Shilov P.Y., Mikhalev D.V., and Kuznetsov N.A.
According to reports, a team of over 100 police offers were dispatched to the area to find the six escaped patients and they were eventually caught trying to cross a nearby river.
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