© Reuters. Dutch police are seen near an Apple store in central Amsterdam during a store hostage situation, in Amsterdam, Netherlands February 22, 2022. REUTERS / Toby Sterling
By Toby Sterling
Dutch police have ended a hostage case in an Apple (NASDAQ:) flagship store in Amsterdam after a man armed with two guns held at least one person hostage for hours, police said. said on Wednesday.
Police arrested the suspected hostage-taker, a 27-year-old man from Amsterdam, after he ran out of a building in the central square of Leidseplein, shortly after 10:30 p.m. (2130 GMT) on Tuesday.
“We attempted to end the situation by hitting a car of the hostage-taker as he ran out,” police said on Twitter (NYSE:), adding that the The man is being treated for a serious injury.
The man was carrying a pistol and an automatic rifle, with which he fired at least four shots when police arrived in the square at around 6pm, Amsterdam police chief Frank Pauw said in a statement. a press conference early Wednesday.
Pauw said the man with a criminal record contacted police during the hostage-taking process, demanding a ransom of 200 million euros ($226 million) and safe passage out of the building.
“He threatened a hostage with a gun and threatened to blow himself up, so we took it very seriously,” Amsterdam’s Parool newspaper quoted the police chief as saying.
The situation ended when the hostage, believed to be a 44-year-old British man, fled the building when a police robot delivered water in front of the store at the request of the hostage-taker.
The hostage-taker ran after the man and was quickly hit by a car.
“The hostage played a heroic role when forced to break through,” said Pauw. “Otherwise, this could be a long night.”
Over the course of the evening, about 70 people were able to leave the store while the hostage-taking was taking place. There were no reports of any other injuries.
Police said the hostage-taker was seriously injured but was still able to talk while being held.
“We are extremely grateful and relieved that our employees and customers in Amsterdam are safe after this terrifying experience,” Apple said in a statement, thanking Ha Noi police. Lan for “special work”.
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