An End To A 2-Day Long Crime

By: Laura Gibbs
By: Laura Gibbs

Thursday night police and federal agents are trying to figure out what caused a hostage situation in Rockford. The standoff ended peacefully a few hours ago and right now dozens of area residents are being allowed back into their homes. FBI agents have been dealing with this hostage situation since Wednesday afternoon. Since then everything that has gone on at 627 Chapin Court has been taken very seriously and basically changed minute to minute.

The events began in New Market, Virginia. FBI agents say the suspects; three males in their 20's set out to test drive a vehicle and ended up getting away with an 18-year-old male. The victim was taken to a house in the 600 block of Chapin Court. Residents say even before this hostage situation what went on downstairs was always questionable.

Amber Grimmett lives right next door to the house that police had staked out all day. Grimmett states, "All summer long we had to call the cops. There were fights, gang fights and a couple times guns were drawn. It's a hassle house."

At about 5 p.m. Rockford police made the call to evacuate about 50 homes in the area. Talks continued and the suspects began giving FBI agents a list of demands. Finally the decision was made to have the SWAT team make a dynamic entry using loud fireworks.

FBI Special Agent Mitchell Marrone says, "We wanted to maintain element of surprise which we did. There were certain circumstances that we believe the surprise element would have been compromised the longer this went on."

But about 8 p.m. the victim was safe. 3 men were arrested and two others are considered to be persons of interest. Residents were allowed to go back home and the street looked like nothing had happened. It's believed that this whole 2-day long event was tied to money and narcotics. But again the best part of this entire situation is nobody's life was taken for no good reason.

The suspects face kidnapping and abduction charges.

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