Bronx standoff ends, hostages released

11-month-old released after 5 p.m.
March 28, 2008 6:57:02 PM PDT
New York's chief police negotiator is being credited for ending a nine-hour armed standoff, during which a man held two children, including his 11-month-old son, hostage.The standoff began Friday morning, when cops say 27-year-old Camilo Mejias pushed his way into his estranged wife's home in the University Heights section of the Bronx. He took his 11-month-old son Mathew and his wife's 10-year-old son Francisco as hostages.

The NYPD's chief hostage negotiator helped broker a release. Meijas was arrested.

Both boys are said to be doing well.

Mejias is reportedly getting divorced from Rosmary Espinal.

Leonardo Espinal is the boys' grandfather. He says Mejias is crazy and uses drugs.

The couple has been separated for months now and Rosmary has an order of protection against Mejias.