Hostages Released from Columbia Bank

Police arrested the man who armed with a machete was taken into custody late Friday after he took nine people hostage at a Tennessee bank earlier in the day.

According to WKRN: the man was tackled by police after he emerged from the bank. His name has not been releasedl.

All of the hostages were released Friday afternoon, according to police.

The 54-year-old man initially took nine people hostage at the Community First Bank & Trust in Columbia, Tennessee before releasing four people, a spokesperson for the Columbia Police Department said. Hours later, the remaining five hostages were released, said Columbia Police Capt. Jeremy Alsup.

None of the hostages were injured during the ordeal, Alsup said.

Emergency dispatchers responded to a call for an armed robbery in progress, police said, though officials later clarified that the hostage situation “does not appear to be a robbery at this time.”

The motive is unknown, Alsup said.

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