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Raleigh Standoff Ends Peacefully

Posted September 22, 1996 12:00 a.m. EDT

— A 12-hour hostage incident came to a peaceful conclusion Sunday afternoon in Raleigh. Police said Anthony R. Leach, 25, surrendered after holding a woman and four of her five children hostage since 3 a.m.

Leach reportedly kept them at bay with a knife. He gradually let the children free during the course of the standoff.

Leach was being held Sunday night in the Wake County Jail under $1 million bond.

Police said Leach, brandishing a knife with a 6- or 7-inch blade, forced his way into a house early Sunday and held its occupants hostage.

Police responded to the scene after 6-year-old Kenera Northern sneaked out of the house and alerted neighbors, who called for help.

Police initially said Leach did not know the mother, Jill Northern, and her five children. After the standoff ended, they said it appeared that Leach and Northern were acquainted in some

The situation unfolded at 1509 Cross Street. Traffic had been rerouted in the area, which is near New Bern Avenue and Poole Road.

The children involved in the event range in age from 6 months to 10 years.