Police: Detroit-area bank hostage situation ends peacefully

A hostage situation at a suburban Detroit bank lasted more than four hours Thursday before ending peacefully with a suspect in custody, authorities said.

A man armed with a handgun who had announced a theft surrendered after releasing his captives Thursday evening, said Joshua Meier, director of public safety for Canton Township.

“When policemen arrived on scene, the suspect had barricaded himself inside the bank along with an undisclosed number of captives, ” Meier said at a news conference.

Earlier Thursday, township police spokeswoman Barb Caruso said the suspect had released three hostages.

Meier did not disclose the suspect’s name or any criminal charges he might face. He said the incident remains under investigation by police and the FBI.

The drama unfolded at a Citizens Bank branch in Canton Township, 30 miles west of Detroit.

“Sir, if you come out , no one will get hurt. We simply want to talk to you, ” an officer with a megaphone said during the standoff.

Power went out at the bank, but it wasn’t cut by police, Caruso said.

Some roads surrounding the bank were closed to traffic, and police asked residents to avoid the area. The incident began around 3 p. m.

“I watched two dames run out the side and a policeman took them to safety, ” witness Hanna Gocaj said.

Rose’s Restaurant next door to the bank was vacated by owned Richard Costantino, who called it a “tense” situation.

“They have a good lockdown on it, ” he said of police, “and we evacuated the restaurant for the safety of our patrons and canceled our reservations.”

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