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Suspect surrenders after taking hostage at Illinois bank, sexually assaulting her

ROCKFORD, IL – An armed robbery suspect surrendered to police after holding a woman hostage at an Illinois bank for more than six hours.  Rockford Police ...
Police standoff

ROCKFORD, IL – An armed robbery suspect surrendered to police after holding a woman hostage at an Illinois bank for more than six hours. 

Rockford Police Chief Dan O’Shea said the suspect “willingly” walked out of the Heritage Credit Union around 9 p.m. CST Friday. The hostage came outside with the suspect and was quickly ushered away by officers.

O’Shea said the hostage was a 39-year-old bank employee and she was taken to a hospital “for non-life-threatening injuries” according to a press release. The release also said the suspect, 39-year-old Nicholas August had sexually assaulted the hostage during the standoff.

August, who lives in Rockford, is charged with Armed Robbery, Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault, and Aggravated Unlawful Restraint.