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Miami Police: Restaurant Holding Up to 12 Hostages

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By    |   Monday, 05 February 2018 05:15 PM

Police in Miami, Fla., are dealing with a hostage situation at a restaurant in Little Haiti, according to news reports.

Up to 12 people were being held hostage at the Joseph Club by management, Miami police spokesman Michael Vega told the Miami Herald.

"The management is holding them hostage because they don't want them to talk to police," Vega said. "They're being held against their will."

Police said a woman told investigators management was holding people hostage after a cell phone was reportedly stolen. Two local schools were placed on lockdown due to the situation until 4 p.m. ET, according to WSVN-7 News Miami.

The department's SWAT team "breached the front door" of the business around 4 p.m. ET, and police said its negotiation team was "attempting to make contact with the management and/or hostages."

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