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July 9, 1990 | From Times staff and Wire reports
A psychiatric outpatient armed with two knives entered a hospital and held a nurse at knifepoint for two hours in an elevator before surrendering, police said. The man held one knife on the nurse and the other pointed at his chest during the standoff at St. Mary's Hospital, police said. The man entered the psychiatric unit and took one nurse hostage, but she escaped with the help of another nurse, officers said.
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June 16, 2005 | Borzou Daragahi and Ashraf Khalil, Times Staff Writers
Five Marines were killed Wednesday in western Iraq when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb, the U.S. military said, and a suicide bomber killed at least 23 Iraqi soldiers at a mess hall north of Baghdad during another violent day across Iraq. Iraqi troops also rescued a kidnapped Australian contractor during a raid in the capital, officials announced Wednesday. The military provided few details about the Marines' deaths beyond saying that they were killed during combat operations near Ramadi.
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NEWS
March 3, 1987
A man was killed and four people were wounded when a man and a woman armed with handguns took an attorney hostage and shot it out with San Luis Obispo County sheriff's deputies in the parking lot of a courthouse in Paso Robles. Authorities said the unidentified man and woman were seen arguing with attorney Fred Metzger of Atascadero before they drew pistols and tried to force him into a motor home parked at the edge of the lot.
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July 9, 1990 | From Times staff and Wire reports
A psychiatric outpatient armed with two knives entered a hospital and held a nurse at knifepoint for two hours in an elevator before surrendering, police said. The man held one knife on the nurse and the other pointed at his chest during the standoff at St. Mary's Hospital, police said. The man entered the psychiatric unit and took one nurse hostage, but she escaped with the help of another nurse, officers said.
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November 14, 1987 | From a Times Staff Writer
A gunman took two employees of a Wells Fargo bank prisoner Friday morning, stuffed a duffel bag with about $130,000 and escaped before authorities arrived, Santa Barbara police said. After authorities had freed both employees, who were uninjured, they stormed the bank because they believed that the gunman was still inside. But a police SWAT team and a squad of FBI agents discovered the bank empty and the back door unlocked.
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August 18, 1989 | From Associated Press
An man with a history of child abuse who held his wife and eight children hostage Thursday shot his spouse to death, then turned the gun on himself after a 6 1/2-hour standoff with police, authorities said. The gunman, Dang Cha Xiong, 35, a refugee from Laos, was in critical condition. The identity of the wife was not immediately available. The children were safe, said Deputy Police Chief Lucian Neely. He said the gunman apparently had played Russian roulette with his hostages.
NEWS
December 5, 1987 | From Times Wire Services
A man described by police as having mental problems pulled a toy gun on a sportscaster during a live television newscast Friday and demanded that a religious message be read on the air. He later surrendered to police. The message was read for a few seconds on the air over KJEO-TV before the station ran a commercial and then went blank until the incident was over.
WORLD
June 16, 2005 | Borzou Daragahi and Ashraf Khalil, Times Staff Writers
Five Marines were killed Wednesday in western Iraq when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb, the U.S. military said, and a suicide bomber killed at least 23 Iraqi soldiers at a mess hall north of Baghdad during another violent day across Iraq. Iraqi troops also rescued a kidnapped Australian contractor during a raid in the capital, officials announced Wednesday. The military provided few details about the Marines' deaths beyond saying that they were killed during combat operations near Ramadi.
NEWS
September 9, 1986 | RONE TEMPEST, Times Staff Writer
Police officers and agents of the federal investigative agency searched Palestinian dwellings and student dormitories here Monday for clues to last Friday's hijacking of a Pan American World Airways jetliner. An estimated 3,000 Palestinians live in Karachi, about two-thirds of them students. Four men identified as Palestinians were captured after they raked the cabin of the Boeing 747 with gunfire and hand grenades, killing or fatally wounding 17 passengers and injuring about 127 others.
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August 18, 1989 | From Associated Press
An man with a history of child abuse who held his wife and eight children hostage Thursday shot his spouse to death, then turned the gun on himself after a 6 1/2-hour standoff with police, authorities said. The gunman, Dang Cha Xiong, 35, a refugee from Laos, was in critical condition. The identity of the wife was not immediately available. The children were safe, said Deputy Police Chief Lucian Neely. He said the gunman apparently had played Russian roulette with his hostages.
NEWS
September 29, 1988
A Clovis man who held a plastic toy pistol to the head of a Fresno television sportscaster during a newscast and forced him to read a religious statement has pleaded guilty to a charge of false imprisonment. David Pretzer, 21, walked onto the KJEO news set last Dec. 4 and held the realistic toy weapon on Marc Cotta. The sportscaster was about 30 seconds into the statement when an engineer cut to a commercial. Station employees called police, who arrested Pretzer.
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December 5, 1987 | From Times Wire Services
A man described by police as having mental problems pulled a toy gun on a sportscaster during a live television newscast Friday and demanded that a religious message be read on the air. He later surrendered to police. The message was read for a few seconds on the air over KJEO-TV before the station ran a commercial and then went blank until the incident was over.
NEWS
November 14, 1987 | From a Times Staff Writer
A gunman took two employees of a Wells Fargo bank prisoner Friday morning, stuffed a duffel bag with about $130,000 and escaped before authorities arrived, Santa Barbara police said. After authorities had freed both employees, who were uninjured, they stormed the bank because they believed that the gunman was still inside. But a police SWAT team and a squad of FBI agents discovered the bank empty and the back door unlocked.
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