Police: Rape Suspect Takes 4 Hostages Inside Baltimore Burger King

By Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.
July 17, 2016 Updated: July 17, 2016

The Baltimore Police Department says a rape suspect is holding several people hostage inside a Burger King restaurant.

Police said the situation unfolded at a Burger King at 1735 Washington Blvd. and Monroe Street.

T.J. Smith, a spokesman for Baltimore Police, in an update at around 2 p.m., said that officers “spotted an individual” who was wanted for a recent rape at around 11 a.m. local time.

“Officers tried to initiate a traffic stop on that person, and the person fled … the pursuit went on for a period of time” but ended when the suspect’s car crashed into another car, Smith said, according to a live feed posted by the Baltimore Police Department.

He fled with a handgun and entered the Burger King, Smith said. 

“What we know at this point is that there are individuals inside the Burger King and we believe … they’re being held against their will,” he said. About four people are inside the Burger King, which includes a 7-year-old, he said.

The “ultimate goal” is to end this peacefully for all parties. The SWAT team is on the scene, and the area has been cordoned off, Smith explained.

The name of the suspect has not been released by police.

“We’re taking all kinds of precautions here,” Smith said, adding that “safety is No. 1” priority.

Police are also trying to keep the lines of communication open with the suspect.

Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.