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Alabama Man Who Held CU Employees Hostage During Robbery Pleads Guilty.

Byline: Peter Strozniak

A 19-year-old man who attempted to rob an Alabama Credit Union branch and held employees as hostages with a BB gun pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to bank robbery and taking hostages during the commission of a bank robbery, U.S. Attorney Jay Town in Birmingham said.

On Jan. 10, local police and SWAT teams surrounded ACU's branch on the campus of University of Alabama where Cedrick Lamar Collins of Tuscaloosa took 10 credit union employees hostage after demanding money.

When an officer entered the ACU branch, he encountered hostages and Collins standing on a stairwell with a male hostage in front of him. He threatened to start shooting unless officers moved back. Collins also threatened to kill hostages, according to court documents.

After officers entered the branch for a second time, they safely secured Collins and determined he was brandishing a BB gun. The credit union employees were not injured.

Collins is scheduled to be sentenced in January.

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Publication:Credit Union Times
Date:Aug 24, 2017
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