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All hostages released from Cobb County bank; suspect still inside – WSB Atlanta

by: Ross Cavitt, Aaron Diamant, Mark Winne, Tom Regan Updated:

COBB COUNTY, Ga. – All hostages have been released from a Cobb County bank, where a man claims to have a bomb. Police say the suspect is still inside.

Police tell Channel 2’s Ross Cavitt a robot has breached the bank’s door and has visual of the suspect.

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The man entered the Wells Fargo at 2675 Windy Hill Road in Marietta around 9:30 a.m. Friday and told employees he had a bomb, according to officers.

Hear from the suspect and the hostages who were inside the bank, on Channel 2 Action News starting at 4 p.m.

The man called the Channel 2 Action News newsroom just before 10:30 a.m. Friday claiming he had two people hostage with him and that the bomb has the power to take out the entire room. He told us he did not want to hurt anyone and if he did detonate the bomb, he would let the two people go.

Channel 2 Action News was able to speak with both hostages who said they were OK. Cobb County police were able to remove the hostages from the bank but the suspect remains inside, police announced Friday afternoon.

They plan to hold another news conference at 1:30 p.m. WATCH LIVE on WSBTV.com

In a conversation that lasted more than 30 minutes with a Channel 2 Action News assignment editor, the suspect said he was a homeless, Marine veteran who served two tours in Iraq with a supply company.

He told our assignment editor he was unhappy with his experiences with the VA and has no money to buy food or water. He has been staying at a hotel but said he has no money to continue living there.

Our assignment editor describes his tone as calm and respectful during their conversation.


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The man is also in contact with police. FBI agent Steve Emmett told Channel 2’s Mark Winne the FBI is providing assistance in several areas.

NewsChopper 2 was over the area and saw many police vehicles around and at a nearby gas station. SWAT teams and fire crews are also on scene.

Several roads around the bank are closed. In addition to Windy Hill Road being blocked off, I-75 ramps to Windy Hill Road are also blocked as is the I-285 WB ramp to I-75 NB, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Police at the scene told Channel 2’s Aaron Diamant the scene is contained and that the public is no longer at risk. Diamant says law enforcement won’t confirm if the suspect has the bomb he claims.

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