04/23/2007

Ill. man leaving car crash takes hostages in stand-off

By Robert Channick
Chicago Tribune

ELGIN, Ill. — An Elgin man fleeing the scene of a car crash tried to carjack two vehicles before taking refuge — and three hostages — in a downtown cellular phone store Saturday afternoon, police said.

The standoff, which occurred about a block from the Grand Victoria Casino, lasted less than 30 minutes before the man released the hostages unharmed and surrendered to police, authorities said.

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