A Burger King in South Baltimore became the scene of heavy police activity Sunday afternoon when an armed suspect that was being pursued barricaded himself in the restaurant along with four hostages including a 7-year-old child. As of late Sunday, the suspect has not been ID’ed. According to Baltimore City Police Spokesman T.J. Smith at a media briefing, a written statement with more information and the suspects ID will be released soon.
According to Smith, police began to pursue a vehicle the suspect was driving when he refused to pull over for police at around 11:00 a.m. The suspect was wanted for a rape that occurred “no more than 24 to 48 hours ago” according to Smith. During the pursuit the suspect collided with a vehicle in the area of the 1700 block of Washington Blvd and Monroe Street. The civilian in the other vehicle sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
The pursuit ended when the suspect ran inside of the Burger King.
“There are individuals inside the Burger King that we believe are being held against their will,” said Smith.
The four hostages included a 7-year-old girl that is the daughter of an employee at the restaurant. The other hostages are 17, 25, and 67.
During the tense situation, two hostages were released. Two people, including the young girl were held against their will until the suspect surrendered to police.
“We have our negotiators on scene, we have our SWAT team on scene. We are just hoping to end this situation peacefully for all parties involved,” said Smith.
Howard County and Anne Arundel County sent tactical units and armored vehicles. Smith says part of the reason for that is because the heat requires SWAT teams to rotate in and out.
The suspect walked out with the two remaining hostages where police unarmed him and took him into custody.
“The suspect could have hurt people inside Burger King but didn’t, he did the right thing,” said Smith during a media press conference.