Hostage Situation Ends Peacefully In Biloxi

A Biloxi man faces charges of kidnapping and armed robbery after taking a teenage boy hostage and engaging police in a nine-hour standoff Sunday.

Daniel B. Queen of Biloxi surrendered to police around 1 p.m. Sunday. He released his 17-year-old hostage a few hours earlier around 10:30 a.m.

Police could not say what led to the incident or why he was being charged with armed robbery.

The standoff began when Biloxi police responded to a 911 call notifying them of a possible kidnapping on Randall Drive shortly after 3:30 a.m. Sunday.

"When officers got on the scene, we could see that we had some problems there," Maj. Rodney McGilvary from the Biloxi Police Department said. "We did have a hostage barricaded inside involving a juvenile and an adult."

Biloxi police officers along with the Special Response Team quickly surrounded the home on Randall Drive and then started knocking on neighbor's doors to warn them about the situation and move them out of harm's way.

"We had approximately six homes in the area evacuated for obvious reasons and we moved the families to a location here in Biloxi," McGilvary said.

People who live on Randall Drive and surrounding streets waited all morning for news. Meanwhile, Capt. Darren Peterson was negotiating by phone with the man inside. After the hostage was released, the negotiations continued until the man came out of the house shortly before 1 p.m. Police say the man and the hostage were somehow related, but they are not sure how.

"Our plan from the beginning was to negotiate and we negotiated a very successful situation," McGilvary said. "No one's harmed, no injuries to anybody and the thing's over with."