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Liberty hostage situation continues



Published: Wed, July 18, 2007 @ 9:54 a.m.

LIBERTY — Police from several agencies remain in a standoff with Bobby Mock, 40, who’s holding a woman hostage in a room at the Holiday Inn Metroplex.

Police didn’t identify the woman, who they say is a relative of Mock’s. Police said they believe Mock is armed, but they didn’t say the type of weapon.

Police wouldn’t say where in the hotel the two are holed up, but a hotel guest said police told her the hostage situation is on the fourth floor. Rooms were evacuated, but the dining facility at the hotel is serving guests.

Captain Richard Tisone of the Liberty police said Mock has been making a variety of demands, ranging from soft drinks to freedom.

The confrontation began at about 1:30 a.m. today when police went to the hotel with warrants for Mock and for Brian Simeone, 33.   Police haven’t said what the warrants were for nor have they said how the standoff began. Simeone is in custody, but police didn’t say where   he is being held.

They did not give addresses for Mock and Simeone.

No one has been injured.

There are police at all entrances to the hotel and there is a sniper on the roof.

In addition to Liberty police, officers from Youngstown, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Austintown, Warren and the Trumbull County Sheriff’s Department are on the scene.

Youngstown police spotted Mock at about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Cornersburg area and knew there was a warrant out for him, but he eluded officers. They didn’t say what the warrant was for.


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