Police: Hostage situation at Rockford bank ends Friday night

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ROCKFORD, Ill. — After a long standoff, a hostage situation at a Rockford bank ended Friday night.

Rockford Police Chief Dan O’Shea says police were called at 2:30 p.m. about a male suspect inside the bank, located at 5959 E State Street, with a gun and demanded everyone leave.

FBI and police SWAT negotiators were able to get the man to surrender peacefully at around 9 p.m.  O’Shea said he was holding a woman, who was an employee at the bank, hostage.

Police said the incident appeared to be random and the two did not know each other.

O’Shea did not confirm if a robbery took place before the hostage situation occurred.

The suspect was on the phone with negotiators as he left the bank and was put into handcuffs, police said.

“The FBI really stepped up to help us out and was extremely helpful with this situation,” O’Shea said.

Police say the roads were shut down in all directions for an unknown amount of time. They will open back up later Friday night.

Rockford police identified the offender as 38-year-old Nicholas August. He was charged with two counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault with a weapon, armed robbery and aggravated unlawful restraint.

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