An armed rape suspect has barricaded himself inside a Baltimore, Maryland, Burger King and taken at least 3 hostages. Included among the hostages is reported to be a 7 year old girl.
The suspect fled from police after police recognized him and attempted to apprehend him. A Baltimore police spokesperson. T.J. Smith, declined to release the suspect’s name.
Police have the fast food outlet surrounded as of mid-Sunday afternoon.
CBS News reports:
‘The suspect was stopped around 11 a.m. after officers recognized him, according to Baltimore police spokesperson T.J. Smith. The suspect allegedly fled police, who gave chase until the suspect’s car collided with another vehicle.’
Following the car wreck, the unnamed suspect fled into the Burger King, where he took hostages. 4 people were originally held, but one adult has been released. The circumstances of the release of the one adult have not yet been released.
The Associated Press reported at 1:10 PM, Eastern Time that police are asking the public to avoid the area in Southwest Baltimore.
Smith, the police spokesperson, said, “Our ultimate goal is to end this peacefully for all parties.” Should a casualty result from the standoff, it will be the latest among almost 7,500 since January 1, 2016.
334 children under the age of 11 have been killed or injured since January 1, 2016, according to the Gun Violence Archive.
Featured below is a selection of some of the pieces of the story collected under the Twitter search results page for “Baltimore Burger King.”
— PoliceOne.com (@PoliceOne) July 17, 2016
Baltimore Police say "about four" people are in Burger King restaurant with an armed suspect who fled from police: https://t.co/fZ0P75JX8q
— NBC 6 South Florida (@nbc6) July 17, 2016
Pained reactions poured in on Twitter.
When I saw "Rapist holding hostages at Baltimore Burger King", I decided I've had my news fill for the day. #WillingToLearnPokemonNow
— Crisis Actor Craig Gass (@craiggasscomedy) July 17, 2016
Images of the scene are featured below via Twitter.
This situation remains a rapidly developing story.