January 5, 2016 / 12:27 PM / 2 years ago

Woman, 11 children safe after standoff near Atlanta

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ATLANTA (Reuters) - A woman and 11 children were rescued uninjured on Tuesday after being held hostage for five hours by a 36-year-old man armed with a knife in a hotel near Atlanta, police said.

The suspect, Korrie Thomas, was in critical condition after stabbing himself in the neck during the incident, DeKalb County Police said in a statement.

Police said they responded to a call about a domestic assault at the hotel in Decatur, Georgia, where they found the man holed up in a room with the woman and children ages 3 months to 17 years old.

The relationship between Thomas, the woman and children was not immediately clear, police said.

Thomas has been charged with false imprisonment and obstruction, police said.

Reporting by David Beasley; Writing by Colleen Jenkins; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn

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