JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A bank robbery suspect who took hostages inside a Community First Credit Union on Edgewood Avenue West is in custody and the hostages have been released, according to multiple sources.
Eleven hostages inside the bank were escorted out by Jacksonville Sheriff's Office SWAT officers around 11 a.m. Thursday, WJXT reported.
About 9:45 a.m. Thursday, police confirmed a robber was holed up inside the credit union with the hostages, officials said. The SWAT team and hostage negotiators worked to resolve the issue.
"Some of the immediate area has been evacuated, including nearby businesses," Bujeda said. "We're asking for everyone's cooperation at this time. We want this to be a safe resolution for everybody and we are doing our darndest to make that happen."
Ambulance and fire rescue trucks on standby near the bank robbery at the Community First Credit Union
Officers asked everyone to stay away from the bank and to not take any photos or videos of SWAT positions, as it could pose a danger.
News4Jax spoke to a woman who has an 18-year-old son working in the bank. She said that just after 9 a.m., she began receiving calls from friends and relatives about someone being held hostage in the bank.
Just before 11 a.m., she said her son texted her to say "Mama, I'm safe."
"I'm just so relieved," Latasha Shuman said.
Shuman said her son has worked at the bank for two to three months and has never had any issues or problems at work.
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