• Short Summary

    The siege of Washington's Federal Court building, where two armed convicts hold seven hostages, continues in a state of stalemate.

  • Description

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    GV Court building
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    GV Police vehicles and motor cycles outside (2 shots)
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    SV Police in front of cordoned off area
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    GV Camera and newsmen (2 shots)
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    SV Police, one armed with rifle, others on motor cycles (2 shots)
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    SV Newsmen in cordoned off area
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    SV Police, including sharpshooter, moving up
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    Initials BB/1830 BB/1840



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: The siege of Washington's Federal Court building, where two armed convicts hold seven hostages, continues in a state of stalemate. Yesterday (Friday, July 12); hundreds of armed police ringed the building as the convicts tried to barter the lives of their hostages for an escape 'plane.

    Convicts Robert Jones and Frank Gorham took over the building's basement cell block area on Thursday. Using a smuggled gun, they grabbed seven hostages -- four deputy marshals, two lawyers and a woman secretary. The trial of former Presidential aide John Ehrlichman was being held in the same building.

    Police negotiated with the two armed men by telephone. But as the siege dragged into its third day on Saturday, there was still no sign that the authorities would meet the convicts' demand of safe conduct to a country of their choice.

    At the same time, the hundreds of police encircling the building were carefully avoiding any move that might bring harm to the hostages.

    In a further development on Saturday, the two convicts released 14 fellow prisoners who had bene held in cells at the Federal Court building. They were promptly handcuffed by police and taken to other prisons.

    SYNOPSIS: Washington's Federal Court building -- under siege this weekend as two armed convicts defy hundreds of encircling police, and hold seven hostages at gunpoint. They'd taken over the building, using a smuggled gun, on Thursday. Then they proceeded to barter the lives of their hostages -- four deputy marshals, two lawyers and a woman secretary -- against safe conduct to a country of their choice.

    As the siege dragged into its third day on Saturday, there was still no sign of an end to the deadlock. The two convicts continued to bargain by telephone. And the small army of encircling police carefully avoided any move that might bring harm to the hostages.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABMYL5K4KESI1TN4RK4N8FW1U3
    Media URN:
    VLVABMYL5K4KESI1TN4RK4N8FW1U3
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/07/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:47:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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