Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia detained a robber who took hostages in Kutaisi

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Ministry of Internal Affairs has confirmed the successful completion of a special operation to detain a robber who took hostages in a branch of the Bank of Georgia in the city of Kutaisi.

All 12 hostages were released and their lives are not in danger, says the Ministry of Internal Affairs. 

According to media reports, the detained man is under 45 years old, his name is David.  According to one version, which has not yet been confirmed by police, the robber lived near the bank branch on Rustaveli Street in Kutaisi, which he attacked. Police have already summoned family members of the attacker for questioning.  There is also evidence that the man decided to commit the robbery after recently returning from emigration due to serious financial problems.

A middle-aged man dressed in camouflage broke into the Bank of Georgia branch around 11 a.m. today and took 12 people hostages, including two bank employees. According to eyewitnesses, he had wires attached to his clothes, he claimed that it was a bomb. He also had a grenade in his hands and a knife in his pocket.  

The robber demanded to pay him $2 million, and then reduced the ransom amount to $1.5 million. He also stated that he was going to leave Kutaisi by helicopter, which was supposed to be provided by the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

A criminal case has been initiated under four articles of the Criminal Code of Georgia: article 144 – "hostage–taking"; article 236 - "illegal acquisition, storage, carrying, manufacture, transportation, transfer or sale of firearms, ammunition, explosives or explosive devices"; article 323 – "terrorist act" and article 329 - "hostage-taking for terrorist purposes".

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Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia detained a robber who took hostages in Kutaisi

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Read: 511     11:00     21 Сентябрь 2022    

Ministry of Internal Affairs has confirmed the successful completion of a special operation to detain a robber who took hostages in a branch of the Bank of Georgia in the city of Kutaisi.

All 12 hostages were released and their lives are not in danger, says the Ministry of Internal Affairs. 

According to media reports, the detained man is under 45 years old, his name is David.  According to one version, which has not yet been confirmed by police, the robber lived near the bank branch on Rustaveli Street in Kutaisi, which he attacked. Police have already summoned family members of the attacker for questioning.  There is also evidence that the man decided to commit the robbery after recently returning from emigration due to serious financial problems.

A middle-aged man dressed in camouflage broke into the Bank of Georgia branch around 11 a.m. today and took 12 people hostages, including two bank employees. According to eyewitnesses, he had wires attached to his clothes, he claimed that it was a bomb. He also had a grenade in his hands and a knife in his pocket.  

The robber demanded to pay him $2 million, and then reduced the ransom amount to $1.5 million. He also stated that he was going to leave Kutaisi by helicopter, which was supposed to be provided by the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

A criminal case has been initiated under four articles of the Criminal Code of Georgia: article 144 – "hostage–taking"; article 236 - "illegal acquisition, storage, carrying, manufacture, transportation, transfer or sale of firearms, ammunition, explosives or explosive devices"; article 323 – "terrorist act" and article 329 - "hostage-taking for terrorist purposes".

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