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Amsterdam police apprehend hostage taker at Apple flagship store

Dutch police is seen near an Apple store in central Amsterdam during a hostage incident in the store, in Amsterdam, Netherlands February 22, 2022. REUTERS/Toby Sterling

On Wednesday, Dutch police announced they had concluded a hostage situation at an Apple flagship store in Amsterdam after a man armed with two pistols kept at least one person hostage for hours.

The news: After running out of the building at the central Leidseplein plaza soon after 10:30 p.m. (2130 GMT) on Tuesday, police captured the suspected hostage taker, a 27-year-old male from Amsterdam.

Police vehicles are seen near an Apple store in central Amsterdam during a hostage incident in the store, in Amsterdam, Netherlands February 22, 2022. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw
A police officer walks near an Apple store in central Amsterdam during a hostage incident in the store, in Amsterdam, Netherlands February 22, 2022. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw
A police officer stands near an Apple store in central Amsterdam during a hostage incident in the store, in Amsterdam, Netherlands February 22, 2022. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw
  • “We managed to end the situation by hitting the hostage taker with a car when he ran outside,” police said on Twitter, adding that the man was being treated for serious injuries.
  • When officers arrived at the plaza at 6 p.m., the man was armed with a pistol and an automatic rifle, with which he fired at least four bullets, according to Amsterdam police chief Frank Pauw.
  • During the hostage abduction, the individual, who had a criminal record, contacted the police himself, demanding a ransom of 200 million euros ($226 million) in crypto currencies and a safe exit from the building, according to Pauw.
  • “He threatened a hostage with a gun and threatened to blow himself up, so we took it very seriously,” Amsterdam newspaper Parool quoted the police chief as saying.
  • When a police robot supplied water to the store door at the request of the hostage taker, the crisis ended when the hostage, a 44-year-old British male, bolted from the building.
  • The hostage taker chased down the man and was hit by a car.
  • Approximately 70 customers were able to exit the store during the hostage-taking in the evening. There were no additional injuries reported.
  • According to police, the hostage taker was critically hurt but able to communicate when he was apprehended.
Dutch police said on Tuesday evening they had ended a hostage situation in an Apple flagship store in Amsterdam, where a man with a gun held at least one person hostage for hours
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