Robbers Take Hostages At Bank In US State Texas

(ABCNEWS)

A New Year's Eve bank robbery was punctuated by gunshots and turned into a hostage standoff for nearly five hours until the hostages were released and both masked robbers were in custody.

Nearly 60 cops and FBI agents had surrounded the Chase Bank in Pearland, Texas, today when the drama came to an end when a man armed with a handgun released his last two hostages and was placed under arrest.

After the gunman surrendered, three bank employees emerged from a closet where they had been hiding during the ordeal.

The mask-wearing bank suspected retreated into the bank along with an accomplice about 11:30 a.m. CT today when a lone police officer answering a 911 call pulled into the parking lot outside the Chase Bank in Pearland, Texas, and exchanged gunfire with the bank robbers.

During the ensuing standoff, one of the alleged bank robbers surrendered to police and five of the seven hostages were released. The only injury reported so far was an assault on the bank's manager, Pearland Police Lt. Onesmio Lopez said.

A SWAT team was inside the bank negotiating with the remaining robber. Lopez said, ""I have not been told of any demands.""

With police and authorities holding guns aimed at the bank's doors, the hostages appeared to be unharmed when they left the building. Of the five hostages who were released, at least one was a woman and two were men. It was unclear who the others were.

A New Year's Eve bank robbery was punctuated by gunshots and turned into a hostage standoff for nearly five hours until the hostages were released and both masked robbers were in custody. Nearly 60 cops and FBI agents had surrounded the Chase Bank in Pearland, Texas, today when the drama came to an end when a man armed with a handgun released his last two hostages and was placed under arrest. After the gunman surrendered, three bank employees emerged from a closet where they had been hiding during the ordeal. The mask-wearing bank suspected retreated into the bank along with an accomplice about 11:30 a.m. CT today when a lone police officer answering a 911 call pulled into the parking lot outside the Chase Bank in Pearland, Texas, and exchanged gunfire with the bank robbers. During the ensuing standoff, one of the alleged bank robbers surrendered to police and five of the seven hostages were released. The only injury reported so far was an assault on the bank's manager, Pearland Police Lt. Onesmio Lopez said. A SWAT team was inside the bank negotiating with the remaining robber. Lopez said, ""I have not been told of any demands. With police and authorities holding guns aimed at the bank's doors, the hostages appeared to be unharmed when they left the building. Of the five hostages who were released, at least one was a woman and two were men. It was unclear who the others were.