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Police: Some hostages freed from Houston-area bank

Police gather their gear near a Chase bank branch after two armed robbers entered the bank, Friday, Dec. 31, 2010, in Pearland, Texas. Police gather their gear near a Chase bank branch after two armed robbers entered the bank, Friday, Dec. 31, 2010, in Pearland, Texas.

PEARLAND, Texas – Gunmen released at least five hostages from a suburban Houston bank they attempted to rob on Friday, but they are still holding an unknown number of people inside, police said.

Pearland Police Lt. Onesmio Lopez told The Associated Press that the hostages who were released were unharmed and being debriefed. He said an unspecified number of hostages remain inside the Chase Bank branch, where two armed robbers who entered the building about 11:30 a.m.

Lopez said the robbers struck and injured the manager of the bank after entering the building. He said he didn't know the extent of the manager's injuries.

"At this point, we're still negotiating, trying to get everybody out safely," Lopez said.

The Houston Chronicle reported that more than 50 police officers surrounded the building and sealed off nearby streets.

Employees of stores near the bank told the newspaper they heard gunshots.

FBI spokeswoman Pat Villafranca said agents from the Texas City office were assisting police.

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Information from: Houston Chronicle, http://www.houstonchronicle.com

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