Texas Gunman Still Holds His Son and Stepson Hostage at Day-Care Center; Negotiations with
Texas Gunman Still Holds His Son and Stepson Hostage at Day-Care Center; Negotiations with Police Have Resumed After Stopping Earlier in DayBy MARK BABINECK
PLANO, Texas (AP) _ A gunman held his own son and stepson hostage at a day care center for a second day Thursday after releasing his last adult captive and a little girl.
Televised images of the 2-year-old girl, clutching a teddy bear and with her arm around the neck of a woman who was carrying her, angered the suspect and he cut off talks with police for two hours.
By noon, though, telephone contact had resumed. The girl was identified by relatives as his goddaughter.
``The suspect saw the exchange of the hostage to the relative and as such we have had a setback in the negotiations,″ police Chief Bruce Glasscock said Thursday morning.
He refused to elaborate on what disturbed the gunman.
Identified by relatives as James Monroe Lipscomb Jr., the man released 60 children and three adults from the Rigsbee Child Development Center in the hours after the standoff began Wednesday.
A fourth adult was released just before midnight, while the last adult was freed about 4 a.m. Thursday.
Family members identified the last released toddler as the suspect’s godchild, Crystal. They said his 7-year-old stepson, Xavier, and 5-year-old son, Monroe, were still inside.
Police refused to confirm the suspect’s identity, but his brother, nephew and neighbor identified him as the husband of day-care center worker Kris Lipscomb.
Mrs. Lipscomb’s sister, Joan Shaw, said the couple’s three-year marriage has been stormy. ``I don’t know what snapped. They had marital problems, but everybody has,″ Ms. Shaw said.
Attorney Ron Danforth, who says he has represented various members of the family for four years, confirmed that Mrs. Lipscomb had filed for divorce.
The nephew, 15-year-old Terrance Shaw, said he hopes his uncle ``remembers what he always used to tell me _ a moment of madness can lead to a lifetime of sadness.″
Police said the man had tried to rob someone outside the nearby Plano Bank and Trust Wednesday afternoon, shortly before he stormed the day-care center in this suburb north of Dallas.
Some children were shaken up, but no one was injured.
Plano police were receiving assistance from the FBI, Texas Rangers and officers from nearby Richardson and a SWAT team from Garland.
Day-care center worker Denise Anderson was in charge of classroom of six toddlers when the gunman took them hostage. She said he wasn’t necessarily threatening, but he was angry, pacing the halls and kept saying he ``meant business.″
``He wanted to talk to his wife. He kept saying, `Let me talk to Kris,‴ Ms. Anderson said.
``One of the older (kids) asked me, `Miss Denise, are we going to die?‴ she said. ``I said, `No honey, faith will keep us going.‴