ROMEOVILLE, Ailing. (TOC) — Two girls who had been held hostage at a Romeoville financial institution Tuesday shared their harrowing ordeal with a person they mentioned was within the throes of a psychological well being disaster.
Roxana Boyden and Sandra Mendoza, together with one other lady, had been on the Fifth/Third financial institution doing work for the Romeoville Excessive Faculty Boosters. They had been practically completed, and Mendoza went again to her automotive to seize one thing.
“After I walked in, I did not notice that this man walked behind me. The minute I walked into the workplace, I simply heard three pictures,” Mendoza mentioned.
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“It was like three loud pops,” recalled Boyden. “Pop, pop, pop.”
“He began yelling and all people was popping out. And he was throwing chairs on the door to barricade the doorway,” Mendoza mentioned.
“My mind was a flood of pondering of my household. Survive; occupied with surviving,” Boyden mentioned. “Praying. Praying rather a lot.”
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As Boyden prayed, Mendoza mentioned her adrenaline kicked in and he or she began doing what the person requested, from gathering chairs for the barricade to calling police. She mentioned he wished to talk to a particular officer; when that did not work, the suspect requested her to name 911 and advised her to inform the dispatcher they had been his hostages.
Then what occurred subsequent was surprising, for each girls.
“He stored on telling us, ‘I am not right here to harm you. I am not right here to harm nobody. I am not right here for the cash. I am right here as a result of I’m uninterested in like– I’m uninterested in life,'” Mendoza mentioned.
The 2 girls mentioned the suspect advised them his story, saying he was alone, estranged from household and had lived a tough life.
“He is like, I am accomplished. I’ve tried every part and nothing’s have labored. So that is the tip for me,” Mendoza mentioned.
“I really feel that he was only a particular person in a psychological well being disaster,” Boyden mentioned. “He was actually crying out for assist.”
And regardless of the concern because the suspect walked the foyer holding a gun, as seen in cellular phone video from contained in the financial institution, the 2 hostages mentioned he went so far as to supply consolation to the ladies.
“Ma’am, cease crying OK,” the suspect is heard saying on the cellular phone video. “You could have my phrase, you’ll stroll out, I promise you.”
“He advised us at one level, seize your cellphone, name your loved ones and inform them that you’re going house tonight. You are not going to remain right here. I am not gonna kill you,” mentioned Mendoza.
And so for a number of the hostages, concern turned to compassion.
“It is unhappy for these of us that should expertise it on our facet,” Boyden mentioned. “However it’s additionally unhappy of, like, what introduced an individual to that time, to be so determined to behave out in that trend?”
Romeoville police mentioned after the suspect spoke with a negotiator and a social employee, he launched the hostages. Then, moments later, “Because the suspect was starting to exit, a member of the Will County Sheriff’s Workplace SWAT crew fired one spherical, hanging the suspect,” in line with the Will County Sheriff’s Workplace.
The suspect has not but been named. He died later at a close-by hospital.
Nobody else was injured, however the two girls who spoke to us are nonetheless emotionally torn over the half hour they spent with the suspect.
“It is most likely the longest 30-ish minutes of my life,” Boyden mentioned. “However, you recognize, I am not gonna lie after I say that. I went into church at work at this time and I lit a candle for him to say a prayer, as a result of it was, it is very unhappy.”
“In any case this, I am a robust believer that we must always dwell life to the fullest and love each other it doesn’t matter what,” Mendoza mentioned.
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