NY bank hostage taker hanged himself

Aug. 28, 2005 at 4:37 PM
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ALBANY, N.Y., Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Police in Albany, N.Y., say a man who took four people hostage in a bank and held off police for almost six hours, hanged himself.

The armed man -- described by police as a "youngish white man" but whose name has not been made public -- took three Trustco Bank employees and one customer hostage Saturday at around 1 p.m., the Albany (N.Y.) Times Union reported Sunday.

The bank is located across the street from the police Center Station. Shortly after the man took the hostages, at least two SWAT teams and snipers converged on the bank.

Police had been communicating with the hostage taker, but their conversation waned as the afternoon wore on. The hostage taker had access to video monitoring cameras that gave him the view outside the banks.

Around 6 p.m., the bank employees waved police to enter. The four hostages fled the building and police found the hostage taker hanged in a back room.

Police have not disclosed what the hostage wanted.

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