THORNTON, Colo. (CBS4) –  A hostage situation that started on Tuesday afternoon at a motel in Thornton came to a peaceful resolution on Wednesday morning. Police said a man was taken into custody and that they are “in contact with the hostage.”

Onlookers observe the police activity on Wednesday morning. (credit: CBS)

The Motel 6 is on 83rd Place not far from Interstate 25. SWAT teams from Thornton and Northglenn and negotiators responded to the situation.

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The suspect was wanted for armed robbery. The first contact with him was at around 2:46 p.m. It was believed the suspect was armed, but police didn’t share more information about that at the time they announced the arrest.

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The motel was evacuated while the police activity was ongoing.

“I just hope the guy understands what he put everybody through. Not just himself, they had a small chihuahua in there that could’ve gotten shot. When they busted in the room, he could’ve gotten hit by a vehicle, he could’ve gotten shot because they saw a blurred movement, who knows what could’ve happened,” said resident Kristle Fetzer-Darlymple.

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So far there’s been no information shared about the identity of the hostage and what that person’s relationship to the man might be.

Jesse Sarles