Hostage in Texas Synagogue Standoff Uses Security Session Knowledge to Help Escape

Hostage in Texas Synagogue Standoff Uses Security Session Knowledge to Help Escape

A rabbi in a Texas synagogue hostage situation Saturday used training from a security session to help escape from a captor. That’s according to CBS News.

Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker and three others were held hostage by aa 44-year-old British national apparently attempting to gain release of Aafia Siddiqui. The Pakistani woman is serving an 86-year federal prison sentence in Texas for trying to kill U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan.

Cytron-Walker told CBS that as the 11-hour standoff continued to deteriorate, he knew from security training sessions that he needed to do whatever possible to get to safety.

"I told them to go, I threw a chair at the gunman and I headed for the door," he said. "And all three of us were able to get out without even a shot being fired.”

As the four hostages ran out of the building, law enforcement raided the synagogue and the captor was killed.

FBI and DHS have together sent a message to state and local law enforcement warning of a heightened threat level. Even so, there is currently no other credible threats of similar attacks.

  • Fresh Security Perspective from AMAG’s New Sales Director A Fresh Perspective on Security

    Fred Nelson may be new to the security industry but his sales and leadership methods are time tested, and true. Fred joined AMAG only a few months ago, but brings with him a wealth of experience in sales and life balance solutions. This year is off to a good start for AMAG with new solutions on the horizon.

Digital Edition

  • Security Today Magazine - April 2022

    April 2022

    Featuring:

    • Similarities at Data Centers and Airports
    • Transitioning to the Cloud
    • Going High Tech
    • The Benefits of On-site Security
    • Optimizing Store Layouts

    View This Issue

  • Environmental Protection
  • Occupational Health & Safety
  • Infrastructure Solutions Group
  • Spaces4Learning
  • Campus Security & Life Safety