The siege of Washington's Federal Court building, where two armed convicts hold seven hostages, continues in a state of stalemate.
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Background: The siege of Washington's Federal Court building, where two armed convicts hold seven hostages, continues in a state of stalemate. Yesterday (Friday, July 12); hundreds of armed police ringed the building as the convicts tried to barter the lives of their hostages for an escape 'plane.
Convicts Robert Jones and Frank Gorham took over the building's basement cell block area on Thursday. Using a smuggled gun, they grabbed seven hostages -- four deputy marshals, two lawyers and a woman secretary. The trial of former Presidential aide John Ehrlichman was being held in the same building.
Police negotiated with the two armed men by telephone. But as the siege dragged into its third day on Saturday, there was still no sign that the authorities would meet the convicts' demand of safe conduct to a country of their choice.
At the same time, the hundreds of police encircling the building were carefully avoiding any move that might bring harm to the hostages.
In a further development on Saturday, the two convicts released 14 fellow prisoners who had bene held in cells at the Federal Court building. They were promptly handcuffed by police and taken to other prisons.
SYNOPSIS: Washington's Federal Court building -- under siege this weekend as two armed convicts defy hundreds of encircling police, and hold seven hostages at gunpoint. They'd taken over the building, using a smuggled gun, on Thursday. Then they proceeded to barter the lives of their hostages -- four deputy marshals, two lawyers and a woman secretary -- against safe conduct to a country of their choice.
As the siege dragged into its third day on Saturday, there was still no sign of an end to the deadlock. The two convicts continued to bargain by telephone. And the small army of encircling police carefully avoided any move that might bring harm to the hostages.