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Hostage Situation Over: Man and woman leave on stretchers


ALBANY, N.Y. -  A hostage situation on Westerlo St. in Albany lasted 15 hours before police stormed the apartment, ending the standoff.

The hostage taker, a 28-year-old armed man from the Bronx, was holding one woman hostage on Westerlo St. all day, was removed with numerous, unknown injuries, on stretcher around 2:30 p.m. this afternoon.

The woman was safely removed from the home. She was able to walk out, but was taken on a stretcher to the hospital to make sure everything is okay.

The hostage taker was holding the one woman since around 11:15 p.m. last night and throughout the day.

He originally had 4 people held hostage, one man and two children, but let the children go during the night and the man go around 8:30 a.m.

The hostage taker told reporters that wanted to committ suicide, but wants people to know he loves his wife, and was "doing this for her."

His wife was flown up by Albany police on a helicopter shortly before he surrendered.

The man has a variety of medical problems and a criminal background.

Police were on the scence since the start of the hostage situation, and negotiations with the man were going on all night.

Westerlo St. between Green and S. Pearl Street will remain closed during the police activity.

NEWS10 is on the scene and will have the latest, breaking details at 4:00 p.m.

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