Violent suspect on the loose after escaping Jerusalem hospital
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Violent suspect on the loose after escaping Jerusalem hospital

Valery Viskovski, charged with aggravated assault, was set to undergo a psychiatric assessment; large manhunt launched

Stuart Winer is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

Valery Viskovski, an assault suspect, who turned fugitive on June 11, 2019. (Israel Police)
Valery Viskovski, an assault suspect, who turned fugitive on June 11, 2019. (Israel Police)

A man arrested on suspicion of violent assault escaped custody Tuesday at a Jerusalem psychiatric hospital where he was supposed to undergo a court-ordered assessment, the Israel Police said in a statement.

Valery Viskovski, 28, was arrested for attacking his brother and was suspected of aggravated assault.

He was described as bald-headed with light skin and brown eyes. He is 1.70 meters tall and was last seen wearing a gray sweatshirt with a white T-shirt underneath, dark blue pants and sneakers.

Police said he is “violent and dangerous.”

Valery Viskovski, an assault suspect, who turned fugitive on June 11, 2019. (Israel Police)

Large numbers of police, assisted by a helicopter, were conducting a manhunt to find the fugitive.

Anyone who sees Viskovski was asked to immediately call the Judea and Samaria District Police at 02-5424367 or the national police hotline, 100.

On Monday Viskovski was brought before the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court, where a judge ordered he be sent to the Eitanim psychiatric hospital and held in custody there while he undergoes a psychiatric assessment to determine if he is fit to stand trial.

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