Armed rape suspect takes hostages inside Baltimore Burger King
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Armed rape suspect takes hostages inside Baltimore Burger King

7-year-old girl among diners ‘being held against their will’ in Maryland fast food restaurant, police say

Baltimore skyline. (CC BY SA Phil! Gold/Flickr)
Baltimore skyline. (CC BY SA Phil! Gold/Flickr)

An armed rape suspect on the run from Maryland police took four people, including a 7-year-old girl, hostage inside a Baltimore Burger King on Sunday afternoon, US authorities said.

After refusing to pull over for police, the suspect led officers on a car chase in the northwest side of the city before barricading himself inside the fast food restaurant with at least four other patrons.

“There are individuals inside the Burger King that we believe are being held against their will,” Baltimore Police Spokesperson T.J. Smith said according to the local CBS affiliate.

Police investigators are attempting to communicate with the suspect, who is reported to be armed with a hand gun.

No reports of shots fired, but police said the scene remains active, and warned local residents to avoid the area.

“Our ultimate goal is to end this peacefully for all parties,” Smith said. “We have our negotiators on scene. We have our SWAT team on scene. We’ve cordoned off the area for safety purposes.”

The Burger King is located on the 1700 block of Washington Boulevard in Baltimore.

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