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Police arrest man accused of holding hostages in Glendale

GLENDALE, Ariz. — A man accused of trying to take about a dozen Glendale
store employees hostage while brandishing a fire extinguisher has been arrested.

Glendale police said 23-year-old Ryan Herman is being held on suspicion of
unlawful imprisonment, assault, shoplifting and aggravated assault of an

Police said the incident began Sunday when Herman is said to have tried to steal a
pack of cigarettes from Walmart.

When an employee confronted him, he reportedly left the store with the
cigarettes and returned to throw his keys at an employee.

Store employees told police Herman ordered them to sit on the floor of the
break room and lock the door.

The Arizona Republic reported that police arrived and saw Herman holding the
fire extinguisher.

The officer deployed his Taser on Herman and arrested him.


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