Police: Texas bank standoff over, hostages safe
December 31st, 2010
07:26 PM ET

Police: Texas bank standoff over, hostages safe

A hostage situation at a Texas bank ended Friday afternoon with all hostages safe and suspects in custody, said Lt. Onesimo Lopez of the Pearland Police Department.

Lopez said that two armed men had taken an undisclosed number of employees and customers hostage during the bank robbery Friday morning in suburban Houston.

The first suspect was taken into custody in the early stages of the robbery when there was an exchange of gunfire, detectives told CNN affiliate KPRC. The second suspect was taken into custody at the end of the standoff,
police said.

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  1. Nick

    Why is it that bank robberies never take place at night? You know, when you only have the security system to contend with? I know it takes a small bit of brain, but it's better than your chances in an open bank full of customers with cell phones...

    December 31, 2010 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • NCB1

      Money is locked in the vault at night. That's why there are no robberies at night.

      December 31, 2010 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob Northrup

      Your front page / top-left story has the caption: "A daylong standoff between police and two armed bank robberies who took hostages ended Friday afternoon in Pearland, Texas, a police official said.'. It might be a good idea to have someone at CNN proof read your front page captions.

      December 31, 2010 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Juan

      safes aren't that hard to crack...I've cracked a few...time for bigger and better things...shhhh

      December 31, 2010 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • BigBanker

      Because Nick most banks have timers on vaults which delay entry into them till the next morning. Thus most attempeted robberys happen early in the morning when the bank is first opening...Also because that is when the bank has the most money on hand.

      December 31, 2010 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      You've been watching too many movies. (Oceans Eleven)

      January 1, 2011 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
    • It hurts

      Because banks don't open at night

      January 1, 2011 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
    • whybs

      "know it takes a small bit of brain"

      fools are always fools!

      January 1, 2011 at 1:15 am | Report abuse |
    • On Wisconsin

      Also to be technical, a robbery implies you are stealing from someone. If no one was there, it would be a burglary.

      January 1, 2011 at 1:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Officer B

      Banks are much harder to rob at night. Immediately after breaking in, the police are alerted as the security system goes off. You then only have a short amount of time to crack the vaults open. By the time you do all this you'll be arrested! LoL. Much better to do while the bank is open, so you can just have a teller open the vaults.

      January 1, 2011 at 1:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Eddie

      All the ones at night are getting away with it.

      January 1, 2011 at 4:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Wow we have some inside robbers on this thread. Butta that's not the problem...would you go down like bit ches and let the hostage go...or say eff it since it's a lose-lose situ, go out like Bonnie and Clyde...taking as many g-men with you on the way out?

      January 1, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |

    hahaha yes first post 1st post!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 31, 2010 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shaz


      December 31, 2010 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Al

      You lose

      December 31, 2010 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lenic

      haha epic fail

      January 1, 2011 at 2:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Michael


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    December 31, 2010 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • scab


      December 31, 2010 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. scab

    Happy New Year, jailbirds!

    December 31, 2010 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Billie

    More bank robberies to come
    Revolution 01-01-11

    December 31, 2010 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. jonnyQuest

    Sounds like they enjoyed watching Dog Day Afternoon and Inside Man a bit too much over the holiday break.

    December 31, 2010 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jack Meoff

    also, I have aids.

    December 31, 2010 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |

    i bet you with three people in one tiny closet atleast one of them farted a few times.

    December 31, 2010 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • ronald mcdonald


      December 31, 2010 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Nothin like a beano moment to linger

      January 1, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  9. joe kraft

    Ok y'all your not the smartest bunch I've ever met. Why would you even admit to robbing an atm. Why would u even do it JUST GET A JOB.

    December 31, 2010 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Duh!?!

    I got robbed BY an ATM. It took $3.00 from me for a $10.00 withdrawal.

    December 31, 2010 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Havok

      No, you willing gave an ATM $3 because you were too lazy to find one of your bank's ATMs.

      December 31, 2010 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  11. MissMatch

    Why is everybody prattling on about losers, aids, and imaginary revolutions?

    Thank God everybody came out of this unhurt!

    December 31, 2010 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  12. BMT

    Embarrassed to be a Texan. The cops didn't even kill the robbers? Disgusting...

    December 31, 2010 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Michael W. Parker

    These jail birds are going to have fun when they are in prison. They won't be smelling money anymore.

    December 31, 2010 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Wisdom4u2

    I'm guessing the robbers Real-Estate Taxes were due, seeing that it is December 31st, and to keep from paying the 4% interest charge on balance due, they had to make sure it was postmarked today. 🙂 IMO!
    Glad no one was hurt, though!

    December 31, 2010 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  15. tomcat

    Where is Jim B. His theory, firing squad 1 1 11. Problem solved.

    December 31, 2010 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
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