All Hostages Safe, Incident Over at Congregation Beth Israel Synagogue on Pleasant Run Rd, Colleyville, TX

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Colleyville Police Chief Michael Miller said all hostages are safe after being held in a synagogue for about 10 hours (KVUE / ABC affiliate Austin, Texas). YouTube Tips ⓘ

During an on-scene press conference, Colleyville Police Chief Michael C. Miller reported that the Colleyville Police Department received a 911 call of a disturbance at the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue at 6100 Pleasant Run Road in Colleyville, Texas. Services were underway and were interrupted by a gunman that entered the synagogue and took four people hostage. Part of the incident with the gunman was broadcast during a live stream on Facebook and Zoom which was carrying audio of the service, but did not broadcast an image from a camera inside the synagogue. A SWAT team was dispatched and neighbors in houses nearby were evacuated from their homes. The FBI, ATF, HSI, Texas Department of Public Safety and local mutual aid police agencies responded to the hostage incident. A total of around 200 law enforcement officers responded to the scene. One hostage was released in the middle of the incident.




The FBI dispatched the elite hostage rescue team at the request of the SAC (Special Agent in Charge Dallas Matthew DeSarno), which resulted in 60 or 70 agents arriving by airplane from the Washington D.C. and Quantico area.

According to Police Chief Michael C. Miller, the HRT (Hostage Rescue Team) breached the synagogue around 9:00 p.m. Saturday and rescued the three remaining hostages. The police chief also reported that the suspect was deceased.

All of the hostages were adults of unknown age, and none of the hostages were injured.




The North Tarrant Regional SWAT Team initially worked the hostage incident, and transitioned to the Dallas SWAT Team holding the perimeter later in the day. Later the FBI HRT worked to enter the synagogue and rescue the hostages.

Initially, authorities did not release any information about the hostage taker. Also, according to Dallas DAC Matthew DeSarno, there was initially no known information that indicates that the incident was part of an ongoing threat. Scene command was already in contact with FBI legats (legal attaché offices) in Tel Aviv and London.

FBI SAC DeSarno also indicated investigators were working to validate early information that the hostage taker was acting out to free his sister from prison.




Colleyville, Texas police and the FBI responded Saturday afternoon to a report of a hostage situation at the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue at 6100 Pleasant Run Road in Colleyville, Texas. The incident began shortly around 9:30 a.m. local time in Colleyville, Texas.




Initial reports, unconfirmed by officials, indicated an armed offender is holding worshippers hostage at the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue in Colleyville, according to a report by the Fort Worth-Star Telegram.

A Rabbi and 3 others were confirmed held hostage.

Colleyville police confirmed on Twitter that police officers were involved in SWAT operations near the area of 6100 Pleasant Run Road. Police asked that residents avoid the area, and evacuated some areas of the neighborhood near the synagogue. The FBI, ATF, and the Texas Department of Public Safety are also assigned to the hostage emergency incident.




FBI negotiators are in contact with the offender, who according to ABC News, said he is demanding the release of his sister, Aafia Siddiqui, from prison. Aafia Siddiqui is imprisoned at the Federal Medical Center, Carswell in Fort Worth, Texas on charges related to the attempted murder and assault of United States personnel in Afghanistan in 2008. The offender also stated he has placed bombs around the area, according to a report from LiveNOW from FOX.

Aafia Siddiqui (SOURCE: earlier FBI poster)
Aafia Siddiqui (SOURCE: earlier FBI poster).

A livestream of the religious service was broadcasting audio with text on video and not images showing inside the synagogue. A male voice was heard demanding to talk to his sister on the phone. The livestream was abruptly ended.

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Aafia Siddiqui Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court to 86 Years for Attempting to Murder U.S. Nationals in Afghanistan and Six Additional Crimes

U.S. Attorney’s Office — Southern District of New York

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced September 23, 2010 that Aafia Siddiqui was sentenced in Manhattan federal court to 86 years in prison for the attempted murder and assault of U.S. nationals and U.S. officers and employees in Afghanistan. Aafia Siddiqui was found guilty of all charges against her following a 14-day jury trial before U.S. District Judge RICHARD M. BERMAN in Manhattan federal court.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara stated: “As a unanimous jury found beyond a reasonable doubt, Aafia Siddiqui attempted to murder Americans serving in Afghanistan, as well as their Afghan colleagues. She now faces the stiff consequences of her violent actions. We commend the New York Joint Terrorism Task Force and other law enforcement and military personnel for their tremendous work investigating this case here and abroad.”

According to the Indictment filed in Manhattan federal court, evidence presented at trial, and statements made at the sentencing proceeding:

On July 17, 2008, Aafia Siddiqui was detained by Afghan authorities, who found a number of items in her possession, including handwritten notes that referred to a “mass casualty attack” and that listed various locations in the United States, including Plum Island, the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, Wall Street, and the Brooklyn Bridge. Other notes in Aafia Siddiqui’s possession referred to the construction of “dirty bombs,” and discussed various ways to attack “enemies,” including by destroying reconnaissance drones, using underwater bombs, and deploying gliders.

The next day, on July 18, 2008, a team of U.S. servicemen and law enforcement officers, and others assisting them, attempted to interview Aafia Siddiqui in Ghazni, Afghanistan, where she had been detained by local police the day before. The U.S. interview team included, among others: three officers and employees of the U.S. Army; two officers and employees of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and two U.S. Army contract interpreters.

The interview of Aafia Siddiqui was to take place at an Afghan police compound in Ghazni. In a second-floor meeting room at the compound—where Aafia Siddiqui was being held, unbeknownst to the U.S. interview team, unsecured, behind a curtain—Aafia Siddiqui grabbed a U.S. Army officer’s M-4 rifle and fired it at another U.S. Army officer and other members of the U.S. interview team. During the shooting, Aafia Siddiqui exclaimed her intent and desire to kill Americans.

Aafia Siddiqui then assaulted one of the U.S. Army interpreters, as he attempted to obtain the M-4 rifle from her. Aafia Siddiqui subsequently assaulted one of the FBI agents and one of the U.S. Army officers, as they attempted to subdue her.

The evidence at trial showed that, while a student in Boston, Massachusetts, Aafia Siddiqui had undertaken training and instruction on the handling and shooting of firearms.

On August 4, 2008, Aafia Siddiqui, 38, was brought from Afghanistan to Manhattan federal court to face a criminal indictment obtained by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. Trial began on January 13, 2010, and concluded on February 3, 2010, with the jury reaching a guilty verdict on all counts. Specifically, the jury convicted Aafia Siddiqui of the following crimes: (1) one count of attempting to kill U.S. nationals outside the United States; (2) one count of attempting to kill U.S. officers and employees; (3) one count of armed assault of U.S. officers and employees; (4) one count of using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence; and (5) three counts of assault of U.S. officers and employees.

Mr. Bharara praised the investigative work of the New York Joint Terrorism Task Force—which principally consists of agents of the FBI and detectives of the New York City Police Department. He also expressed his gratitude to the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Security Division and the U.S. Department of State for their assistance in the case.

This case was handled by the Office’s Terrorism and International Narcotics Unit. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Christopher L. Lavigne, David M. Rody, and Jenna M. Dabbs were in charge of the prosecution.

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