Newburgh robbery turned hostage situation ends with arrest following tense standoff with police

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Saturday, July 1, 2023
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NEWBURGH, New York (WABC) -- An armed robbery turned into a lengthy hostage situation inside a gas station in Newburgh Saturday morning.

It stemmed from an attempted robbery at a Valero gas station on Lake Street.

Police say a man tried to hold up the place around 3 a.m. before keeping a store clerk captive.

Newburgh Police responded to the scene, which led into an hours-long standoff.

"City of Newburgh Police responded quickly, very professionally," said Newburgh Mayor Torrance Harvey. "So as the circumstances unfolded, we had our leadership call in a coalition of forces here."

Hours later, a suspect was taken into custody.

At first, police believed there might have been two thieves involved.

However, they say reports of a second suspect were unconfirmed.


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