Police: 7-year-old among hostages at Baltimore Burger King

BALTIMORE (AP) — Police say a 7-year-old is among “about four” hostages at a Burger King in Southwest Baltimore after a police chase of a rape suspect led to a standoff at the restaurant Sunday.

Swarms of police, including a SWAT team, have surrounded the restaurant and police spokesman T.J. Smith said negotiators are trying to resolve the barricade peacefully and quickly.

“Our ultimate goal is end this peacefully for all parties,” Smith said at a news conference.

Smith said the suspect is wanted on an active warrant for rape and was spotted driving Sunday morning. Police tried to pull the suspect over, but the suspect fled and led police on a chase. The pursuit ended when the suspect crashed into another vehicle, then fled by foot while carrying what Smith said was “believed to be a handgun” into the Burger King.

Police did not release the suspect’s name, but said he’s wanted on an alleged rape that occurred within the last two days.

Smith said the driver of the vehicle who was hit by the suspect’s vehicle is being treated for minor injuries.

 

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