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Police: Bank hostage-taker never demanded money
Wednesday, January 18, 2012

ORANGEBURG, SC (WIS) - Police say a man who took 15 people hostage at an Orangeburg bank Tuesday evening never demanded money.

Elvis Prince, 25, of Orangeburg is charged with kidnapping after officers with the Orangeburg Department of Public Safety had to take drastic action to end the hostage situation at the South Carolina Bank and Trust bank.

According to Capt. Mike Adams, the department received a call shortly before 5:00 p.m. to report an armed robbery in progress at the bank on John C. Calhoun Dr.

Adams says when officers arrived and entered the bank, they found Prince holding 15 people hostage. Prince also held on to one of the hostages by the neck with a knife, investigators said.

Police said Prince never demanded money. Witnesses say he ran into the bank with 3 knives and immediately jumped over the counter and grabbed a clerk.

Officers tried negotiating with Prince, but Adams says it was "non-productive."

That's when Adams says the officers took Prince down. It is not known how Prince was brought down, but he was taken into custody. A hostage has minor injuries.

Police said Prince hasn't been very cooperative.

He is being held at the Orangeburg-Calhoun Regional Detention Center.

Source: http://www.wistv.com/story/16540471/official-hostage-situation-defused-at-bank

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