MOSCOW, September 12 (RIA Novosti) – A Ukrainian man who called himself “Archangel Michael” and robbed a bank only to hand some of the cash to strangers has been sent to a psychiatric hospital, Ukrainian media reported this week.
In April, the 34-year-old man took a wad of 20,000 hryvnas ($2,450) from a bank teller in the southern Ukrainian city of Simferopol after threatening to “break her head” if she did not hand over the cash, and gave the money to passers-by and his relatives, the 15minut.org news website said citing local police.
The man was detained just hours later, when he instructed police officers to obey him because he was “Archangel Michael,” the website said. Instead, the authorities sent him for a psychiatric evaluation that found the man insane, it said.
A local court later ordered the man to be placed in a psychiatric institution, the website said Wednesday without specifying the date of the court ruling.
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