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01/10/05

Hostage Identified as Suspect's Mother

We have new details tonight about a weekend hostage situation and stand-off with police. It all started Saturday afternoon in Townsend, in McIntosh County.

Police say 43-year-old Beth Martin of Brunswick robbed a taxi driver in Townsend and then took her 77-year-old mother hostage in a motel room at the Knights Inn. After nine hours, and several attempts to coax Martin out, police forced their way in and took her into custody.

Martin's mother, Flora Diaz of Miami, Florida, was unharmed.

Martin is charged with armed robbery and kidnapping. More charges are pending.

Reported by: Don Logana, dlogana@wtoc.com

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