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Shocking video shows a harrowing situation when a man took hostages at knifepoint at a Victoria's Secret store in Miami Beach on Thursday. The nail-biting standoff ended with police fatally shooting the perp.
An escaped convict from New Hampshire took hostages at a Victoria's Secret store in Miami Beach, Florida.
Darien Young, 29, escaped from the minimum-security Calumet House Transitional Housing Unit near Concord, New Hampshire, on July 21, according to the New Hampshire Department of Corrections.
Young had been suspected of shoplifting at the lingerie store on Lincoln Road, WPLG reported.
Around 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Young took a mother and daughter hostage at knifepoint at the Victoria's Secret store.
Officers with the Miami Beach Police Department responded to the hostage situation.
Young is seen on gripping video behind the store's checkout counter during the standoff clutching the neck of one of the hostages. The daughter is seen with her hands folded, seemingly in prayer.
The police officer is heard telling the escaped convict, "Put it down man, please put it down."
Police shot the hostage-taker, who was then transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. Young was in critical condition at the hospital's trauma unit, but reportedly died several hours later.
The Miami Beach Police Department said in a statement, "The two victims are safe and speaking with detectives."
None of the witnesses, police, or Victoria's Secret employees were harmed during the hostage situation and shooting.
The Miami Beach Police Department said the fatal officer-involved shooting will be investigated by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
In New Hampshire, Young had been imprisoned for receiving stolen property, burglary, falsifying physical evidence, and drug charges. Officials from the New Hampshire Department of Corrections said Young was eligible for parole on July 31, with a maximum release date of Jan. 31, 2028.
Authorities said it was unclear why Young made the 1,500-mile journey from Concord, New Hampshire, to Miami Beach, Florida.
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Paul Sacca is a staff writer for Blaze News.