UPDATE: The man accused of causing a standoff with police and taking nearly a dozen hostages early this morning at Alabama Credit Union has been identified.
Cedrick Lamar Collins, 18, of Tuscaloosa was taken into custody a few hours after the standoff began. According to a University of Alabama news release, he’s been charged with first-degree robbery, but more charges will follow.
Also according to the release, the 11 people who were taken hostage were rescued unharmed, and they and their family will be offered counseling services by the University of Alabama. None of the Alabama Credit Union employees work for the university.
Collins was charged in November 2015 with abducting a woman from University Mall, robbing her and then raping her.
An early morning hostage situation at Alabama Credit Union ended peacefully after about two hours.
Tuscaloosa Police Lt. Teena Richardson said the situation began around 8:30 a.m. No customers were inside the building, but about eight employees were taken hostage by the armed suspect.
Mayor Walt Maddox and Police Chief Steve Anderson talk about the hostage situation
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None of the hostages were harmed during the standoff. Family members are meeting those who were trapped in the credit union at the Bryant Conference Center.
Alabama Credit Union is located on 220 Paul W. Bryant Drive, adjacent to the University of Alabama campus.
Tuscaloosa Police Chief Steve Anderson said the suspect was attempting a bank robbery, and that the University of Alabama Police Department’s rapid response — their office is across the street — led to the suspect taking hostages and remaining in the building.
Anderson said the suspect was not with the hostages when police entered the building.
The Tuscaloosa Police Department, University of Alabama Police Department, Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office and the Birmingham and Tuscaloosa FBI offices all responded to the situation.
Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox said he’s proud of the way law enforcement handled the situation.