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Highway patrol officer who held hostages in Puerto Rico credit union surrenders

By on January 2, 2019

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico – The Puerto Rico Police said Wednesday that a hostage situation at noon Wednesday at the Caribbean Federal Credit Union Cooperative in Guaynabo ended without any injuries.

According to preliminary information, a Puerto Rico Police Bureau officer, Gabriel Hernández Jiménez, who is assigned to the Bayamón Highway Patrol Division, held a maintenance employee hostage while carrying a firearm. There were 30 employees at the facility but were evacuated.

Officers, including specialized units such as the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT), and police negotiators were mobilized and managed to get Hernández Jiménez to voluntarily surrender. His demands have not been made public.

Personnel from the Homicide Division of the Criminal Investigation Corps (CIC) of Bayamón took charge of the investigation and intends to consult the case with a prosecutor for the possible filing of criminal charges. The FBI is helping investigate the incident.

-Caribbean Business contributed to this report.


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