01/16/2001

Hostage situation ends when suspect
surrenders to police
[Las Vegas, NV]

January 13, 2001 Saturday Final Edition
Copyright 2001 DR Partners d/b Las Vegas Review-Journal
Las Vegas Review-Journal (Las Vegas, NV)
January 13, 2001 Saturday Final Edition
By J.M. Kalil Review-Journal

(LAS VEGAS) -- A man claiming to have a duffel bag full of poisonous nerve gas canisters held workers hostage inside a southeast Las Vegas Valley bank Friday evening before surrendering to authorities after a3 hour standoff. Authorities were still investigating the contents of the bag late Friday.

Las Vegas police and FBI agents said early in the evening that the man's claim of possessing deadly sarin gas was not likely credible. However, authorities took the threat seriously enough to close a half-mile stretch of Flamingo Road -- choking traffic for hours -- and evacuate a 300-footperimeter of commercial buildings and retail businesses around the bank near Spencer Street.

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