Florida Family Held Hostage by Masked, Armed Men

By: AP
By: AP

St. Petersburg, Florida (AP) --

A couple and their two young children told St. Petersburg Police that masked and armed men held them hostage for about five hours.

Police said the Monday morning (Oct. 4) incident began when the woman who lives in the home was confronted by three masked men. They forced her back inside the home at gunpoint and woke up everyone else.

The ordeal ended when the father dived through a window in a bid
to escape their captors. The men opened fire on him, striking him
once in the upper torso. Police said he did not suffer
life-threatening injuries.

Police said the victim, Michael Eugene Mells, has been charged
with possession of cocaine. He remains hospitalized but has posted
bail and is not in police custody.

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