Suspect surrenders after taking hostage at Illinois bank

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ROCKFORD, Ill. – An armed robbery suspect surrendered to police after holding a woman hostage at an Illinois bank for more than six hours.

Rockford Police Chief Dan O’Shea said the suspect “willingly” walked out of the Heritage Credit Union around 9 p.m. CST Friday. The hostage came outside with the suspect and was quickly ushered away by officers.

O’Shea said the hostage was a bank employee and she was taken to a hospital to determine if she had been injured. Authorities have not released the suspect’s identity.