NC bank hostage files complaint against police

Alleges "rough treatment" after being mistaken for hostage-taker

CARY, N.C. — A Cary man who was held hostage in a bank earlier in February says that police treated him roughly when he was released.

Police say that Devon Mitchell, 19, claimed to have a gun and held as many as seven people hostage at a Wachovia bank on Feb. 10.

He let five hostages, including Rev. Lee Everett, leave over the course of three hours.

As he escaped, Everett said, police mistook him for the hostage-taker.

He said officers immediately jumped him, kneed him in the back and neck and forced him to ground.

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