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Md. Hostages Safe After Standoff

March 22, 2000

DUNDALK, Md. (AP) _ Police entered a house where a murder suspect had been holding three hostages since Friday and all of the hostages were safe Tuesday night, police said.

``All of the hostages are safe. That is all the information I right now,″ police spokeswoman Vickie Warehime said. ``Again all of the hostages are safe.″

The standoff began Friday when Joseph Palczynski allegedly forced his way into a home in a Baltimore suburb and took three people hostage, including the mother of his former girlfriend.

Palczynski is accused of kidnapping his ex-girlfriend, Tracy Whitehead, on March 7, killing four people over a two-day period and leading police on a manhunt for more than a week.

The standoff is wearing down the patience of residents in the four-block area surrounding the home where Palczynski was holed up. Police cordoned off the area but allowed some residents to leave Sunday.

One resident was arrested Monday while trying to sneak back into the area.

Others have found ways to reach their families without getting in trouble. Using a police escort, one neighbor tossed plastic bags of groceries over a fence to his wife and two children trapped in their home.

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