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Eleven freed after robber takes hostages at Florida bank

Published 01/12/2016

A robber is holding several hostages at a bank in Jacksonville, Florida authorities have said
A robber is holding several hostages at a bank in Jacksonville, Florida authorities have said

Eleven hostages have been freed from a credit union in the Florida city of Jacksonville where they were held at gunpoint by a robbery suspect.

The sheriff's office said in a tweet that the hostages were freed about two hours after their ordeal began and that the suspect was in custody.

Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Melissa Bujeda had said an initial 911 call reporting a bank robbery came in at 9:06am local time.

A short time later, another call indicated that someone may have been shot, but the sheriff's office has been unable to confirm that.

She said Swat team members and police negotiators were called in.

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