4 women, baby escape hostage situation at Queens home, suspects in custody

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NYPD Special Operations responds to a "hostage/barricaded situation" in South Ozone Park, Queens, on Nov. 17. 2020. Photo credit NYPD

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Four women and a baby escaped a home Tuesday night in Queens where they were being held hostage, and two armed suspects were later taken into custody by police early Wednesday, after a tense, hours-long standoff.

At a press conference shortly before 11 p.m., the NYPD said it responded to a 911 call about a burglary on 125th Street in Richmond Hill. When they arrived at the house, they were met by a 36-year-old woman who escaped with a baby. She told police armed men were in the home with other hostages.

NYPD Special Operations described it as a "hostage / barricaded situation."

The suspects eventually released the remaining hostages—three women, ages 33, 36 and 92—police said around midnight.

All five hostages were unharmed, according to police.

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The scene of a hostage situation in South Ozone Park, Queens on Nov. 17, 2020. Photo credit 1010 WINS/Kimberly Dole

After negotiations with police, two men inside the home surrendered and were placed into custody shortly before 2 a.m. They have not been identified.

Police sources told the Daily News that "a deal went bad" and the two men "broke into the house looking for payment from a man who was not there."

Charges against the men, ages 35 and 51, are said to be pending.

Police said two guns were recovered from the scene.