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Chronology of Hostage Drama With PM-Bandits, Bjt

August 19, 1988

BONN, West Germany (AP) _ Here is a chronology of the two-day hostage-taking drama, based on reports from police and witnesses. All times are local:


8 a.m. - Two armed robbers rush the Gladbeck branch of Deutsche Bank and barricade themselves in the building, taking hostage a 34-year-old cashier and a 23-year-old female assistant.

8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. - Hundreds of police surround the bank and negotiators try to persuade the bandits to release the hostages, but they refuse. The robbers fire several shots through a window, but no one is injured. Police give the the bandits 300,000 marks (about $160,000) and the key to the bank’s main safe. The robbers take an additional 120,000 marks (about $65,000) out of the safe.

8:30 p.m. - A white Audi 100 sedan, supplied by police, is driven to the bank entrance for the gunmen to use as a getaway vehicle.

9:40 p.m. - The two robbers drive off in the Audi with the two bank hostages. For two hours, the gunmen and hostages drive through the Ruhr Valley area. They switch vehicles twice - once bursting into a restaurant and demanding the keys to a high-powered BMW.

Sometime during the night, police lose the gangsters and make public appeals to them to let their hostages free.


Between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. - The gangsters reach Bremen.

Sometime before 7:30 p.m. - The two armed men fire shots inside a Bremen vegetable market.

About 7:20 p.m. - The two bandits, accompanied by a woman accomplice, seize a bus and take the estimated 30 people on board hostage.

About 7:35 p.m. - Four elderly passengers and a child are freed.

9:50 p.m. - The gunmen hold a pistol to the head of a child and threaten to shoot her if their demands were not met.

10 p.m. - Negotiations fail, and the bandits order the bus to leave the parking lot. Police follow it. Shortly before the bus leaves Bremen city limits, one of the police officers is killed in a car crash.

After 10 p.m. - The bus pulls up to a rest stop on the autobahn for food and alcohol. The two hostage bank workers are freed. Police suddenly seize the robbers’ female accomplice outside the bus. The gunmen shoot a 15-year-old Italian boy, who later dies. Police let the woman accomplice go, and the bus gets back on the autobahn.


2 a.m. - West German police report the bus is headed toward the German- Dutch border.

3 a.m. - The bus crosses the border near the Dutch town of Oldenzaal and stops on the edge of a forest near the town. The gunmen demand a high-powered BMW as an escape vehicle and threaten to shoot hostages.

4:30 a.m. - The BMW escape car is delivered to the bus.

Between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m. - All hostages except two women are freed. There is a heavy exchange of gunfire between the gunmen and police, and the female accomplice is shot in the leg.

7 a.m. - The gunmen, their wounded accomplice and their two female hostages leave in the BMW.

8 a.m. - The BMW crosses the West German border.

About noon - The BMW reaches Cologne.

About 1:40 p.m. - A journalist who entered the getaway car in Cologne as a third hostage is set free on the autobahn near Bad Honnef.

1:45 p.m. - On the autobahn just outside Bonn, police stop the getaway car and a gunfight ensues. One hostage is killed, the other is injured. The two gunmen and their accomplice are injured and captured.

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