Rape suspect apprehended in Burger King hostage situation

Posted at 12:28 PM, Jul 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-18 18:00:55-04

City police said they have apprehended the rape suspect involved in the Burger King barricade situation.

The suspect held several people, including a 7-year-old girl, against their will inside a Burger King in southwest Baltimore, police said. 

Two hostages were released earlier before the suspect gave himself up.

The barricade situation at Washington Boulevard and Monroe Street happened after the suspect was spotted by officers around 11 a.m. Sunday. He refused to pull over, so officers pursued him. 

The suspect collided with another vehicle at Washington and Monroe, then left his car with a gun in hand, Smith said. He then ran into the Burger King.

There were civilians inside the restaurant that were believed to be "held against their will" including a 7-year-old, according to Smith. 

There has been no report of any injuries at the Burger King location. The civilian in the car hit by the suspect has minor injuries. 

Smith says police worked to communicate with the suspect and are hoped for the situation to "end peacefully for all parties involved."

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