Fla. bank robber surrenders, releases hostages

Robber had taken hostages inside Jacksonville credit union


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A bank robber surrendered to police, just hours after taking numerous hostages inside a Jacksonville credit union.

It appears that no one was injured.

About 9:45 a.m., police confirmed a robber was contained inside the Community First Credit Union and there were an unknown number of people inside. The SWAT team and hostage negotiators were on scene. 

"The suspect who tried to rob the bank is contained inside the bank," Melissa Bujeda with JSO said. "We know multiple people are inside the bank but we haven't been able to verify if someone has been shot."

Just after 11 a.m., the suspect surrendered to officers and 11 hostages were seen running from the building.

Nearby roads were blocked and businesses and a local school in the area were locked down. 

"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 darnest to make that happen."