A quiet end to an armed robbery turned possible hostage situation in Omaha this morning. Omaha Police spokesperson Officer Michael Pecha says at 9:30, officers were informed of a robbery at the Auto Zone near Saddle Creek and Cuming Street. Officers were told that all employees had left the building safely but there was a suspect inside. Dispatch then relayed a phone number ot officers at the scene of a person claiming to be inside the building with the suspect.
Officer Pecha says, “Officers made phone contact with this individual and instructed him to come out of the building. The party did exit the building and has been taken to Police Central Headquarters for questioning. Officers entered the business and cleared the building but did not locate any suspects inside.”
A number of streets were shut down for the two hours during this investigation. Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, the police K-9 units and a SWAT team assisted in this case.
Update: Omaha police stated the situation ended around 11:30 a.m. Streets are again open in the Saddle Creek and Cuming Street area in Omaha.
A large area is blocked off in midtown Omaha due an armed robbery and possible hostage situation. It is believed that a customer called police from inside the Auto Zone at Saddle Creek and Cuming Street around 9:45 a.m. to report the incident. At that time the robbery suspect then apparently hit the customer in the head.
There is word that one person from inside the building was allowed to leave. It is not known how many other hostages may be inside. There is at least one armed suspect. Apartments and businesses nearby the store have been evacuated. This is a developing situation.
Photo: Omaha Police Department.