September 24th, 2010
12:52 PM ET

Hostage situation over at bank, bomb may remain

[Updated at 12:52 p.m.] The hostage situation at a south Florida bank is over and one man is in custody, but the bank remains an active crime scene, police say.

An individual in the bank had a "device" on them, Coral Gables Police Sgt. Janette said. The device has been removed and remains inside the bank.

"The bomb squad is currently on scene and trying to contain it and detonate it inside the bank,"  Frevola said.

The bank is now clear, no injuries have been reported, and Frevola said police are questioning the individual who had the device.

"There is no confirmed role of this individual," she said.

[Updated at 10:50 a.m.] Police have surrounded a south Florida bank where customers and employees are believed to be held hostage.

Video from the scene shows several officers surrounding the bank and at least one taking position behind his police cruiser, a long gun perched on the trunk.

Coral Gables police Sgt. Janette Frevola said authorities were not sure how many hostages or hostage takers were involved.

"Our crisis negotiators are on scene and we're trying to work something out," Frevola said. "As far as we know, there are no injuries."

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  1. Floria sigmundi

    I know this may sound odd but I always thought being a bank hostage during a robbery would be an exciting experience, as long as I lived tonyell the story. Hope everyone in this situation is gonna be all right

    September 24, 2010 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  2. :D

    lol good ol' florida

    $100 says the man behind it is black

    September 24, 2010 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Anthony Timberlake

      Wow, you aren't a very smart individual are you? So sad...

      September 24, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      $200 says he is Cuban

      September 24, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Numbaoneballa

    I'm sure the bumbling fools will go in military style like they love to do and kill all the hostages. Oh, wait... This Isnt a sleeping family nevermind

    September 24, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Roger

    Does CNN follow a "courteous discussion" when it reports its own version of what is "news"? I have just two words for you, Nancy Grace.

    September 24, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Old Native American Man

    It does not matter what their race is, They are stupid.

    September 24, 2010 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  6. boyd

    was this a scare tactic?

    September 24, 2010 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ovrit

    $300.00 says it was an Obamasized American.

    .....or Lindsey Lohan.....

    September 25, 2010 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |