(CBS) — As police and prosecutors determine what charges to place against the two would-be thieves who took two adults and six children hostage in south suburban Harvey, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart says his chief negotiator told him that in 150 such cases, he had never seen one like it.
An exhausted Dart told reporters that the negotiations were a “roller-coaster ride” that early on showed signs of cooperation. At one point, he said, the gunmen traded a child for cigarettes. Dart said police turned down another request, for a car in which they could make a getaway. But as time wore on, they made increasingly violent threats – including a series of threats to execute all of those they held, which eventually prompted the decision by SWAT teams to go in.