Jacksonville, Fl. - A man is in custody, and hostages have been safely freed, after an hours-long standoff with police at a bank in Northwest Jacksonville.
Shortly after 11 a.m. on Thursday, 11 hostages were freed from the Community First Credit Union on Edgewood Ave. Minutes later, a spokesperson from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office announced the only suspect had been taken into custody.
Nicholas Daquan Humphrey, 23, has been named as the suspect. We’ve confirmed he has one prior arrest in Jacksonville for driving with a suspended or cancelled license. That arrest happened in September.
Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams commended the work of first responders, including the patrol officers who responded and the SWAT team.
“Fantastic job by the SWAT team,” Williams said. “Those guys work and train hard every single day for days like today.”
Williams said two people who were hiding inside the bank, unknown to Humphrey, tried to flee the bank, which distracted Humphrey and allowed for SWAT team members to step in.
“At that point, the SWAT team took that opportunity to make entry into the bank, place themselves in between themselves between the hostage taker and the hostages, in essence rescuing those hostages,” Williams said. “Upon seeing the SWAT team, the suspect surrendered inside the facility.”
The president, and chief operating officer, of Community First Credit Union, John Hirabayashi, expressed gratitude toward first responders.
“We are just so very thankful that this hostage situation ended up resolving itself in a safe way for everybody,” Hirabayashi said.
Humphrey is likely to face charges of bank robbery, armed kidnapping and several counts of aggravated battery, according to Williams.
Police have reason to believe Humphrey pointed a gun to the heads of several hostages during the standoff. He also threatened to kill hostages multiple times.
A dog was brought into the bank with Humphrey, for an unknown reason, but is safe at this time.
WOKV will continue updating this story through the day with new information.
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