Paris bank hostage-taker surrenders, leaves building
Friday, October 18, 2013 - 00:55
Oct. 18 - A hostage-taking at a Paris bank ends after the armed man releases the last of his four hostages and surrenders to police. Mana Rabiee reports.
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A Paris hostage standoff comes to an end.
French police whisked away an armed suspect on Friday after he released the last of four hostages he was holding inside a bank and surrendered to authorities.
Earlier, police blocked off the Avenue des Gobelins in southern Paris.
That's where the hostage-taker occupied a branch of the CIC bank, demanding public housing for himself and his handicapped son, police said.
A police spokesman said the surrender was without incident.
(SOUNDBITE) (French) UNSA POLICE UNION SPOKESMAN, CHRISTOPHE CREPIN, SAYING:
"The person released the person he was detaining. They left with their hands on their head, as you were able to see. My colleagues made the most of that to go inside, and took into custody this person, who surrendered. There was no violence or gun fire, none of that."
Police said the suspect was taken to a psychiatric ward.
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