"He made the decision to do the right thing and that was not harm anyone," Baltimore police spokesperson T.J. Smith said

By Stephanie Petit
Updated July 18, 2016 11:50 AM
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A five-hour hostage standoff in a Baltimore Burger King ended peacefully on Sunday when a rape suspect who had held four people captive, including a 7-year-old girl, surrendered peacefully, authorities said.

“He made the decision to do the right thing and that was not harm anyone,” T.J. Smith of the Baltimore Police Department said at news conference.

During a news conference Sunday afternoon while negotiations were ongoing, Smith said officers tried to conduct a traffic stop on the unnamed suspect around 11 a.m. to serve him an arrest warrant for an alleged rape that had occurred in the past 48 hours. A pursuit ensued until the suspect collided with another car, after which the suspect fled on foot into a Burger King, believed to be armed with a handgun.

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Shortly before 4 p.m., police announced two of the hostages had been released. The child was not one of them.

About an hour later, the girl was released along with the other hostages.

Smith said, “At this point, we’re going to be following up with our investigation as it relates to this incident and, of course, the warrant that we were serving when this individual started the pursuit.”