UPDATE: Armed man surrenders after adult book store standoff

Updated: Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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COLDWATER, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A three hour hostage standoff at a Coldwater business ended without incident Tuesday afternoon when an armed gunman surrendered to police.

A 38-year-old man trying to get away from Indiana police barricaded himself inside the Lion’s Den Adult Superstore on Jonesville Road just after 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Police say the standoff came to an end in part because of the clerk working in the store who was taken hostage.

The whole thing started in Angola, Indiana, when the suspect robbed a CVS store there, taking drugs.

Police pursued him up I-69 and he made a quick exit and came into the Lion’s Den.

The parents of the woman being held hostage inside the store waited anxiously down the street for hours, as police told them only that their daughter Angela, who works in the store, was being held by a man with a gun.

At one point in the standoff, they were able to call their daughter and talk to her on her cell--she told them she didn't feel like she was in danger and she was convincing her captor to give up.

At the same time Michigan State Police continued negotiations with the man.

"We were talking to him about his job, how he became injured, how he got on the narcotics. How he feels about his doctors and his family. We tried to make a bond by talking about personal things," said Michigan State Police Lieutenant Dave Wood.

Eventually the 38-year-old suspect, from Carlton, Michigan, walked out of the store and surrendered, and parents were reunited with their daughter.

Police credit Angela, who was held hostage for three hours, for a peaceful end to the standoff.

"She did a great job of talking to him and keeping him calm, and he bonded with her right away, had an immediate connection," said Lt. Wood. "He actually told the dispatch she should be a psychologist, a counselor of some sort because she did such a great job."

The suspect admitted having a drug problem and did steal drugs in Indiana, so police say he may have been under the influence.

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