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Man accused of taking Florence store clerk hostage

Published On: Apr 15 2013 07:22:34 PM CDT

Nicholas Hiltz


Florence police have arrested a man accused of breaking into a gas station convenience store and briefly taking its clerk hostage.
Police say Nicholas Colleary Hiltz could face charges including kidnapping and aggravated robbery. His bond has been set at $50,000.
Officers responded to an alarm just before 5 a.m. Monday at the store. Police say a store clerk went to the door and told them everything was fine, but she gestured that someone was inside with a gun. Officers helped her escape.
Police surrounded the area and placed several schools on a two-hour delay to ensure the public's safety.
After a short standoff with Florence police, Canon City police and Fremont County sheriff's deputies, the suspect was taken into custody around 6:30 a.m.
No serious injuries were reported.