Man in Dearborn takes hostage with scissors

Tom Greenwood
The Detroit News

Dearborn — A dangerous hostage situation ended peacefully after police were able to talk a suspect armed with a pair of scissors into releasing his victim and then surrendering, police reported early Wednesday morning.

According to the Dearborn Police Department, the incident occurred in the 5000 block of Williamson on what was believed to be a report of family trouble.

A resident of the home told police he heard a noise and upon investigating saw an unknown male holding scissors to the neck of his 15-year-old brother.

The suspect, 19, had a large amount of blood on his hands, but police were at first unable to determine to whom it belonged. Officers verbally calmed down the suspect and convinced him into releasing his teenage victim, who was unharmed.

The officers then talked the suspect into surrendering at which time it was determined that the blood on his hands came from a self-inflicted cut.

The suspect was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Chief Ronald Haddad praised his officers, saying they “utilized their training to de-escalate a life threatening situation.”

“The fact that his came to a peaceful resolution is a testimony to their professionalism and their commitment to protecting the public,” Haddad said.

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