Police: Detroit-area bank hostage situation ends peacefully

Posted at 6:11 PM, Jan 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-25 20:42:22-05

CANTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A hostage situation at a suburban Detroit bank ended peacefully with a suspect who attempted to rob it in custody Thursday night, police said.

Three hostages were released Thursday evening and a suspect was taken into custody about an hour later, Canton Township police spokeswoman Barb Caruso said. The suspect’s name and any pending criminal charges were not immediately released.

Police planned a news conference later Thursday night. No injuries were reported.

The drama unfolded at a Citizens Bank branch in Canton Township, 30 miles (48 kilometers) west of Detroit.

“Sir, if you come out, no one will get hurt. We just want to talk to you,” said an officer with a megaphone 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 ladies run out the side and a cop took them to safety,” said a witness, Hanna Gocaj.

Rose’s Restaurant next door was evacuated by owner 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.”