Hostages freed after bank rob­bery drama; sus­pect held

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

After a bank rob­ber put a gun to the back of one hostage’s head, SWAT team mem­bers re­solved at the first chance they had Thurs­day to storm a north Florida credit union where nearly a dozen peo­ple were be­ing held cap­tive, au­thor­i­ties say.

That mo­ment came, they say, when two peo­ple hid­ing in­side the Jacksonville build­ing, un­be­known to the sus­pect, made a run for it, dis­tract­ing the man. SWAT team mem­bers stormed the credit union and put them­selves be­tween the gun­man and the 11 hostages, end­ing a two-hour stand­off, said Jacksonville Sher­iff Mike Williams.

“We were able to take him into cus­tody and save the lives of those hostages,” Williams said Thurs­day, about an hour after the hostage or­deal had ended.

The sher­iff said the sus­pect is a man in his late 20s or early 30s. The man could face po­ten­tial charges of bank rob­bery, armed kid­nap­ping and armed as­sault, he added.

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