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Archive for Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Prisoner arrested after standoff at home

April 3, 2007

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— Police arrested a prison inmate at a house where he holed up Monday with two hostages after overpowering a guard in a hospital, carjacking a vehicle and robbing two banks, authorities said.

Billy Jack Fitzmorris came peacefully out of a room in the suburban Columbus home after about two hours of negotiations, police said.

He had two female hostages, but one woman went out a second-story window and jumped from a porch roof, Hilliard Chief Rodney Garnett said. She was taken to a hospital but was not seriously injured, he said.

Fitzmorris, 34, was believed to have escaped hours earlier on foot from St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown with the guard's gun and uniform. Police believe he carjacked a vehicle and headed toward Columbus, robbing two banks in central Ohio before going into the house in Hilliard, about 150 miles southwest of Youngstown.

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