Coral Springs Standoff Ends Peacefully, Following Abduction From Deerfield Beach Health Clinic: Police

A hostage standoff at 3331 Coral Hills Drive ended at about 8:15 p.m., police said

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    A hostage standoff ended peacefully in Coral Springs Monday night when the suspect in an earlier abduction in Deerfield Beach and two other people came out of an apartment building, police said. Police said the suspect, 32-year-old Vinson Jerome Rattray, was the gunman who tried to abduct two women from a Deerfield Beach health clinic.

    A hostage standoff ended peacefully in Coral Springs Monday night when the suspect in an earlier abduction in Deerfield Beach and two other people came out of an apartment building, police said.

    Police said the suspect, 32-year-old Vinson Jerome Rattray, was the gunman who tried to abduct two women from a Deerfield Beach health clinic at 916 SW 15th Street.

    One of those women got away, but he brought the other one to 3331 Coral Hills Drive in Coral Springs, police said. They identified her as 28-year-old Latonya Peak.

    The standoff ended peacefully at about 8:15 p.m. with no injuries, police said.

    All three people were taken to the Coral Springs Police Department where they were being questioned, police said.

    Earlier, the Broward Sheriff's Office was investigating the abduction in Deerfield Beach. They got the call at 1:18 p.m.

    Rattray, a patient at the health clinic next to Deerfield Beach High School, kidnapped the woman as she walked into the building when she was coming back from lunch, the BSO said.

    “You can say stalking her," BSO spokeswoman Veda Coleman-Wright said of Rattray's interest in Peak. "There were some phone calls or emails exchanged, and she actually had to get her number changed."

    Authorities reportedly found the vehicle that the woman was abducted in.

    Then, early in the evening, investigators learned that the two were holed up inside an apartment near Sample Road and University Drive, they said.

    A SWAT team was brought in before Rattray surrendered some seven hours after the kidnapping, police said.

    "She is alive and well. I'm told that she's doing okay, but obviously very scared, very shaken up," Coleman-Wright said of the victim.

    She was later reunited with her family, the BSO said.

    Rattray was incarcerated on cocaine charges from February 2004 to February 2005, according to online Florida Department of Corrections records.

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