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Man surrenders in Richland hostage situation

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RICHLAND, Wash. -- A hostage situation ends with a Richland man surrendering.

Police first learned about the situation at 9:35 Monday morning when they got a 911 call from an aunt who received a frantic phone call from her nephew's girlfriend.  The victim said her boyfriend had a knife to her throat and she was in trouble.  The victim then called the aunt minutes later to say she escaped the boyfriend. 

Police arrived at the couples apartment on 1827 Peachtree Lane.  Inside, they learned lived a man with an extensive criminal history, 45 year old Jerry Reis.  "We didn't know if he had weapons inside.  The individual does have a significant criminal history, and does have a history of firearms possession," says Captain Mike Cobb with Richland Police.

Police did use the PA system to call to Reis to surrender and for his girlfriend to come out but no one responded.  Neighboring residents were contacted and asked to leave their apartments.  Then officers brought in a Recon Robot, usually used in SWAT situations.

"It actually gets us eyes inside, where we don't have to put a body in there. And put them in harm's way. We can throw this robot in." says Officer Allen Jenkins with Richland Police who operated the remote control on the robot.