Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Brooklyn father surrenders to police after holding his two children hostage, prompting a four-hour standoff with police, cops said.

A Brooklyn father held his two children hostage in an apartment Tuesday, prompting a four-hour standoff with police, cops said.The drama began when the man locked himself in the Atlantic Ave. pad with his 3-year-old daughter and 11-year-old son  about 11 a.m., cops said. The unidentified man was not armed, but refused officers' orders to open the door, police said.He finally surrendered to police about 3 p.m. and the children were released to a relative, a cop source said. They were unharmed.The source said the incident may have stemmed from a dispute with the children's mother. The father was taken to a hospital for observation and was likely to be charged, another source said.

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Mother of the hostage children was rushed to hospital after she collapsed outside the hostage negotiation vehicle.

The childrens' mother became hysterical in the third hour of the standoff and was loaded into an ambulance after she collapsed at about 1:10 p.m.“She was nuts, man. That’s her kids, to hold them hostage, that’s a crazy thing to do,” said Donovan Mays, 47, who owns a nearby auto shop and spoke to the mother shortly after she heard her children were in danger. About 25 police, including officers from the Emergency Service Unit, crowded the street, and cops even placed an inflatable landing pad in front of the three-story building. The 58-year-old owner of the ground-level store underneath the crime scene said he believes the childrens' mother and father are married, but that he hadn’t seen the father in over three months. A woman who identified herself as the mother’s best friend said the father had been intimidating and threatening toward the mother. “He’s not crazy. He’s been harassing her for a long time,” she said. “She had a court order of protection but he didn’t care.”

 Read more: New York Post

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