UPDATE: The suspect was taken into custody after a 7-hour standoff. It was determined that he had a pellet gun and had sexually assaulted the hostage. He is being held on $2 million bail.
Rockford, IL – An armed bank robber is holding at least one person hostage inside a credit union in Rockford early on Friday evening.
Rockford Police Chief Dan O’Shea said that police were called at about 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 3 after a man with a gun walked into the Heritage Credit Union located in the 5000-block of East State Street at Mulford Road, WTVO reported.
Chief O’Shea said the gunman ordered everyone to leave the bank; however, he kept at least one hostage.
Some reports on social media said the hostage was the credit union’s manager, but police have not confirmed that information.
The police chief said that the police department’s crisis negotiation team had been trying to make contact with the suspect, WTVO reported.
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents and Illinois State Police are on the scene with SWAT negotiators, WGN reported.
Roads have been shut down in all directions around the scene.
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