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Man in custody after hostage situation at Dolton motel

A 33-year-old man barricaded himself in a room with his 4-year-old child and the 25-year-old mother, police said.

Dolton police alongside other suburban police departments and SWAT respond to a hostage situation in the 1200 block Sibley Blvd, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in Dolton, Ill. | Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times
Dolton police alongside other suburban police departments and SWAT respond to a hostage situation at Prestige Inn and Suites, Sept. 24, 2020, in Dolton.
Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times

An hours-long hostage situation was resolved without any serious injuries Thursday after a man refused to release his son and the boy’s mother from a motel in south suburban Dolton.

The situation unfolded about 1:16 p.m. when officers responded to a report of a “suspicious incident” at the Prestige Inn and Suites, 1335 E. Sibley Blvd., Dolton Police Chief Ernest Mobley said at a news conference Thursday night.

When they arrived, officers confronted a 33-year-old man who had barricaded himself in a room with his 4-year-old child and the 25-year-old mother, Mobley said.

“He just wanted to be left alone but he wouldn’t release the child or the mother so we wasn’t going anywhere to make sure that they were safe,” Mobley said.

The South Suburban Emergency Response Team was called in, and negotiators tried to talk the man into releasing his family, Mobley said.

The SWAT team breached the door about 8:45 p.m. and was able to get the three out of the room, Mobley said.

No injuries were reported to the mother or child, but the man suffered a laceration to his arm after wrestling with the SWAT team, Mobley said. No weapons were reported.