Woman Held Parents Hostage in Coral Gables Home, Arrested After SWAT Standoff: Police

Woman in her 40s accused of holding elderly parents hostage for days, injuring them

By Brian Hamacher
|  Monday, Aug 5, 2013  |  Updated 7:12 AM EDT
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A woman accused of holding her elderly parents hostage in their Coral Gables home was taken into custody after a SWAt standoff Sunday night, officials said. Police spokesman Dean Wellinghoff comments.

A woman accused of holding her elderly parents hostage in their Coral Gables home was taken into custody after a SWAt standoff Sunday night, officials said. Police spokesman Dean Wellinghoff comments.

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A woman accused of holding her elderly parents hostage in their Coral Gables home was taken into custody after a SWAT standoff Sunday night, officials said.

The incident began just before 6 p.m. when the woman's parents walked into the Coral Gables Police station and told officers they had been held by their daughter for the past couple days, Police spokesman Dean Wellinghoff said.

The couple said their daughter, who is in her 40s and may have a mental disorder, inflicted serious injuries, Wellinghoff said.

When officers responded to the home on E. Sunrise Avenue, the daughter refused to come out and the SWAT team was called in. After about three hours, police were able to get her out of the home without injuries.

The woman's parents were taken to Ryder Trauma Center with non-life threatening injuries. It's unknown what charges the daughter, who wasn't identified, will face.

"We're in the beginning stages of this so we're not sure exactly what happened in this house and for how long but that's things that our detectives will look into," Wellinghoff said.

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