A 24-year-old man held several people hostage in a city hall building in Ingolstadt, Germany on Monday.
According to a report from the Associated Press, the hostage-taker was arrested after police raided the building. The assailant was a homeless man with a history of mental health problems. He had been banned from entering Ingolstadt city hall because he had previously harassed and stalked a female employee. The captor was injured during the police raid and taken to hospital. All four of the hostages managed to escape unharmed.
The captor's name has not been released and it is has been reported that he was carrying a plastic gun and a large knife. The gun may have been fake, but it looked real enough to police officers.
More than 200 police officers surrounded Ingolstadt city hall for nearly nine hours during the crisis before the special unit raided the building. The hostage crisis forced German Chancellor Angela Merkel to cancel an election rally that was to be held on the square in front of the city hall. There has been no evidence to suggest that the hostage incident was related to Merkel's visit.