Hostages ‘fine,’ suspect with violent past arrested near University of Alabama

Law enforcement sets a barrier Tuesday near the University of Alabama Law School during a hostage situation.
Law enforcement sets a barrier Tuesday near the University of Alabama Law School during a hostage situation.

UPDATE (4:30 p.m.)-  A spokesman for the University of Alabama has identified the suspect as 18 year old Cedrick Lamar Collins of Tuscaloosa.

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Cedrick Lamar Collins

He was booked into the Tuscaloosa County Jail Tuesday afternoon on one count of Robbery 1st degree.

According to Shane Dorrill with the University’s Broadcast Media Relations Department, other charges are likely to be filed.

A check of jail and court records show Collins was wanted in Tuscaloosa County for Robbery, Kidnapping, and Rape.  All the charges appear to involve the same female victim and occurred in late November 2015.

UPDATE (10:55 a.m.) – Police in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, say a man was arrested after a hostage situation near the University of Alabama, and all the hostages are reported unharmed.

Lt. Teena Richardson, a Tuscaloosa police spokeswoman, said the incident Tuesday morning ended peacefully. She said, “The hostages are fine.” She said there were about eight hostages.

She said the man had a gun, and said it wasn’t clear what sparked the incident.

It happened at an Alabama Credit Union branch across the street from the UA law school.

Most students return to class on Wednesday, but many already were on campus.

Officers closed the area, and video and photos showed police in military-style vehicles and tactical gear. A police helicopter hovered overhead.


TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) – Police are responding to reports of a hostage standoff near the University of Alabama campus.

Campus officials sent an alert Tuesday on Twitter saying police from the university and city received a report of a robbery and hostage situation at an Alabama Credit Union branch.

The bank is located across the street from the UA law school.

Lt. Teena Richardson, a Tuscaloosa police spokeswoman, told al.com that a gunman entered the building and took the employees inside hostage.

However, she said it wasn’t initially reported as a robbery.

News photos and video show multiple officers around the scene and a roadblock on Bryant Drive, a main campus thoroughfare.

Officers have closed the area, and video and photos show police in military-style vehicles and tactical gear. A police helicopter is overhead.

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