Hostage drama ends inside Delaware prison

May 15, 2008 5:32:45 PM PDT
State prison officials are investigating a hostage incident in which one inmate at a Wilmington prison used his prison-issue razor blade to hold another inmate hostage for several hours. Corrections commissioner Carl Danberg said the investigation into Wednesday's incident at the Howard Young Correctional Institution is continuing, but that it does not appear to involve staff complacency or violation of prison policies.

The hostage taker, 22-year-old Sye Newton, was captured after a prison response team used a flash-bang grenade to stun him. He has been charged with kidnapping, assault in a detention facility, and possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony.

Officials said the victim required three stitches after being cut on his shoulder after being taken hostage, but was otherwise unharmed.

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