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Puerto Rico Police Officer Takes 30 People Hostage In Credit Union

GUAYNABO — The Puerto Rico Police Department said Wednesday that a hostage situation at noon Wednesday at the Caribbean Federal Credit Union Cooperative in Guaynabo ended without any injuries.

According to preliminary information, a Puerto Rico Police Department officer, Gabriel Hernández Jiménez, who is assigned to the Bayamón Highway Patrol Division, held a maintenance employee hostage while carrying a firearm. There were 30 employees at the facility but they were evacuated.

Officers, including specialized units such as the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT), and police negotiators were mobilized and managed to get Hernández Jiménez to voluntarily surrender. His demands have not been made public.

Personnel from the Homicide Division of the Criminal Investigation Corps (CIC) of Bayamón took charge of the investigation and intends to consult the case with a prosecutor for the possible filing of criminal charges. 

The FBI is helping investigate the incident.

It was not immediately clear if Hernandez had a lawyer to comment on the case.

No charges have been filed.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Caribbean region since 1989. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

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