ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — An armed robbery suspect surrendered to police after holding a woman hostage at an Illinois bank for more than six hours.
Rockford Police Chief Dan O’Shea said at a news conference that the suspect “willingly” walked out of the Heritage Credit Union around 9 p.m. CST Friday. The hostage came outside with the suspect and was quickly ushered away by officers.
O’Shea said the hostage was a bank employee and she was taken to a hospital to determine if she had been injured.
Authorities have not released the suspect’s identity.
Officials said negotiators from the Rockford police department and the FBI were talking to the suspect during the incident. A Winnebago County SWAT team was also brought to the scene.