Man releases 1 of 3 hostages from Louisiana bank

ST. JOSEPH, La. (AP) — Authorities say a man who took three people hostage at a rural Louisiana bank has released a female bank teller and that negotiations are continuing to secure the release of the other two, a man and a woman.

Louisiana State Police superintendent Col. Mike Edmonson confirmed the release of the hostage Tuesday night. He said authorities were talking with her about the nine-hour ordeal.

Police said the hostage-taker, whom they have not identified, is a 20-year-old man whose family owns a store across the street from the bank branch. Authorities have said they have no reason to believe any of the hostages have been harmed.

Edmonson has said the man has been calm and has made some demands, but the police official has declined to describe the demands or further identify the gunman.

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