Latest Hostage situations News

Man, likely armed, holds 2 hostages at French bank, frees 4

Aug. 6, 2020 3:48 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A man apparently armed with a handgun was still holding two people hostage at a bank in the port city of Le Havre late Thursday despite having gradually freed another four, police said. A special police intervention unit was negotiating with the 34-year-old hostage-taker for the captives'...

Today in History

Jul. 26, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Sunday, July 26, the 208th day of 2020. There are 158 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 26, 2002, the Republican-led House voted, 295-132, to create an enormous Homeland Security Department in the biggest government reorganization in decades. On this...

Weapon that belonged to an assailant, who seized a long-distance bus with 13 hostages, on the ground after police officers captured the assailant in the city centre of Lutsk, some 400 kilometers (250 miles) west of Kyiv, Ukraine late Tuesday July 21, 2020. Ukrainian police say the armed man who seized hostages aboard a long-distance bus in the western city of Lutsk has been detained and all the people he held have been freed unharmed after a standoff that lasted more than 12 hours. (Ukrainian Police Press Office via AP)

Ukrainian crime suspect flees after taking policeman hostage

Jul. 23, 2020 9:40 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A criminal suspect brandishing a hand grenade forced a senior police officer to drive him for hours through the Ukrainian countryside Thursday, chased by police, officials said. More than six hours after the pursuit began, the man left his hostage in the car and fled into a forest,...

An assailant, who has seized a long-distance bus with 13 hostages, after police officers captured him in the city centre of Lutsk, some 400 kilometers (250 miles) west of Kyiv, Ukraine, on Tuesday late, July 21, 2020. Ukrainian police say the armed man who seized hostages on a long-distance bus in the western city of Lutsk has been detained and all the people he held have been freed unharmed after a standoff that lasted more than 12 hours. (Ukrainian Police Press Office via AP)

Ukraine's leader reveals details of talks with hostage-taker

Jul. 22, 2020 9:12 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — An armed man who took more than a dozen hostages on a long-distance bus in Ukraine’s western city of Lutsk on Tuesday fulfilled the agreement he had reached with President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and released them shortly after Zelenskiy urged Ukrainians to watch an animal rights...

A policeman, who has brought water for hostages contained in a bus after an armed man seized the long-distance bus and took some 10 people hostage, reacts after a gun shot that the assailant sent to keep him away in the city centre of Lutsk, some 400 kilometers (250 miles) west of Kyiv, Ukraine on Tuesday July 21, 2020. The assailant is armed and carrying explosives, according to a Facebook statement by Ukrainian police. Police officers are trying to get in touch with the man and they have sealed off the area. (Ukrainian Police Press Office via AP)

Ukraine hostage-taker surrenders, bus passengers unharmed

Jul. 21, 2020 4:09 PM EDT

LUTSK, Ukraine (AP) — An “unstable” armed man who seized more than a dozen hostages on a long-distance bus in Ukraine's western city of Lutsk was detained late Tuesday after a standoff that lasted for over 12 hours and all hostages were freed unharmed, officials said. The assailant agreed to...

A man who seized a bus and took passengers hostage in Ukraine has been detained and all hostages freed unharmed

Jul. 21, 2020 2:53 PM EDT
LUTSK, Ukraine (AP) — A man who seized a bus and took passengers hostage in Ukraine has been detained and all hostages freed unharmed.

Police: An armed man is holding about 20 people hostage on a bus in northwestern Ukraine

Jul. 21, 2020 4:36 AM EDT
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Police: An armed man is holding about 20 people hostage on a bus in northwestern Ukraine.

Police: Trucker with female hostage arrested after chase

Jul. 18, 2020 6:09 PM EDT

CINCINNATI, Ohio (AP) — Authorities in Ohio said they have arrested the driver of a tractor-trailer who held a female hostage and led police on a wild chase Saturday along Interstate 275. The Ohio State Highway Patrol began pursuing the rig in the eastbound lanes of I-275 in Cincinnati on Saturday...

Hostage-taker killed by sheriff's deputy is identified

Jul. 15, 2020 8:54 PM EDT

MENDOTA HEIGHTS, Minn. (AP) — Authorities have identified the man who was shot and killed Monday by a Carver County sheriff’s deputy as he held a woman hostage on a bridge in a Twin Cities suburb. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office says 31-year-old Arlan Kaleb Schultz, of Richfield, died...

Deputy shoots, kills man holding woman on Minnesota bridge

Jul. 13, 2020 5:28 PM EDT

MENDOTA HEIGHTS, Minn. (AP) — A Carver County sheriff's deputy shot and killed a man who had taken a woman hostage and was holding her at gunpoint Monday on a highway bridge in an eastern Twin Cities suburb. Authorities said the 29-year-old man was armed with a handgun and was threatening to shoot the...