Escaped Inmate Releases Hostage In Exchange For Pizza

Man Accused Of Robbing 2 Banks, Holding Woman Hostage

A police negotiator in Ohio said an escaped inmate agreed to free a hostage in exchange for a pizza.

Sgt. Mark Cartwright said in Columbus federal court Monday that police gave Billy Jack Fitzmorris a pepperoni and ham pizza. Fitzmorris is accused of robbing two banks and holding a woman hostage at a house in suburban Hilliard last year. Another woman had gotten away through a window. Police said Fitzmorris gave up about two hours later. Authorities said a daylong crime spree began in Youngstown when the prison inmate escaped while being treated at a hospital. Fitzmorris is accused of driving a carjacked vehicle to the Columbus area and robbing the banks. He could get life in prison if convicted.



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