TEEN WHO ROBBED CREDIT UNION, TOOK HOSTAGES IN JANUARY SENTENCED TO 20 YEARS

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Police near the scene of an active hostage situation at Alabama Credit Union on Paul W. Bryant Drive on Jan. 10, 2017.

The 19-year-old who took several bank workers hostage in January at the Paul W. Bryant Drive Alabama Credit Union location in Tuscaloosa has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Cedrick Lamar Collins pleaded guilty in august to one count of robbing a federally insured bank and one count of taking hostages during the commission of a bank robbery.

“This defendant threatened and endangered the lives of 10 people as he put them between himself and armed police,” said U.S. Attorney Jay Town. “The SWAT teams from the Tuscaloosa Police and Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office did a superb job of stopping the bank robbery, arresting the robber and recovering all the hostages unharmed.”

<p>One of the bank employees taken hostage testified today, saying Collins put them all in fear for their lives during the Jan. 17 robbery, and at one point held a gun to her head.</p>

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