17 Jul

Barricade situation ends in Southwest Baltimore; Suspect in custody

BALTIMORE (WBFF) – A barricade situation early Sunday afternoon on the Southwest side of Baltimore has ended after nearly five hours, with one man taken into custody, and no hostage injuries, police said.

Officers on patrol at about 11 a.m. this morning, observed a man who was wanted for a rape that occurred within the past 24 hours, and proceeded to initiate a traffic stop. The suspect vehicle did not stop, and a pursuit began for a period of time and ended at the intersection of Washington Boulevard and Monroe Street when the suspect vehicle collided with another vehicle on the street.

Police say the person inside of the civilian vehicle suffered from only minor injuries and was taken to a hospital to receive medical attention.

The suspect immediately fled from the vehicle into the Burger King on Washington Boulevard with what police believed to be a handgun. There were four individuals inside of the Burger King when the suspect entered, police say they were held against their will. Those inside included a 7-year-old girl, 17-year-old female employee, 25-year-old manager and a 67-year-old patron.

Over the course of several hours, negotiators were able to talk the suspect into releasing some of the hostages. At approximately 1:45 p.m., the 17-year-old employee was released. Shortly after at 2:20 p.m. the 67-year-old man was released.

The person was taken into custody when the incident ended at about 4:50 p.m., according to T.J. Smith, a spokesman for the Baltimore City Police Department, but his name and age was not immediately available. The final two hostages were released when the suspect surrendered to police. No information was available as to if there was a weapon found and no other details of the incident were made immediately available either.

There were no reports of injuries to the hostages.

Police were diverting traffic around the surrounding communities.

This story will be updated.