Man releases 1 of 3 hostages from La. bank

August 14, 2013 • National News

Richardo Miles, 25, waits for word on the status of the three hostages in the Tensas State Bank branch in St. Joseph, La., Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013. A man whose family owns a store across the street from the bank took three bank employees hostage, and a state police negotiator has been talking to him for hours, police said. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

ST. JOSEPH, La. (AP) — A man whose family owns a store across the street from a bank branch in rural Louisiana took three bank employees hostage Tuesday, then released one of them nine hours later as negotiations continued to secure the others’ freedom, police said.

Louisiana State Police superintendent Col. Mike Edmonson confirmed the release of a female bank teller late Tuesday. He said authorities were talking with her about ordeal.

Meanwhile, negotiations continued with the hostage-taker, identified only as a 20-year-old man from the community in eastern Louisiana. Police said they have no reason to believe any captive has been hurt.

“We feel like we’re being productive,” Tensas Parish Sheriff Rickey Jones said. “The negotiators are doing a good job.”

Edmonson said earlier Tuesday Login to read more

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