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SWAT peacefully resolve hostage situation at Thornton motel

The suspect surrendered peacefully after being barricaded since Tuesday, and the hostage was safely retrieved, police said.

THORNTON, Colo. — The Thornton and Northglenn police departments said a hostage situation that began Tuesday afternoon at a Motel 6 near Interstate 25 and 84th Avenue has been peacefully resolved nearly a day later.

Thornton Police said just before 7:45 a.m. that an adult man surrendered peacefully, and that officers were in contact with the hostage.

SWAT and negotiators were on the scene at the motel, located at 6 W. 83rd Pl., since at least 3:35 p.m. on Tuesday, according to Thornton Police.

At the time, Thornton Police said a barricaded man was believed to be holding a hostage The negotiators were attempting to work toward a peaceful surrender and succeeded about 16 hours later.

A spokesman for Thornton Police said Tuesday that the man was believed to be armed and wanted in connection to an armed robbery.

Thornton Police did not release the identity of the suspect or provide any additional details Wednesday morning.

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