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Police gather near the scene of a hostage situation Monday in Statesboro, Ga. The two suspects, a man and a woman, told police they were armed with a homemade explosive device, authorities said.
updated 1/17/2006 10:41:31 AM ET 2006-01-17T15:41:31

A hostage standoff at an attorney’s office ended Tuesday morning after the surrender of two suspects, authorities said.

The man and woman who had been holding a lawyer hostage since Monday morning walked out around 10 a.m., Georgia State Patrol spokesman Larry Schnall said.

The two suspects had told police they were armed with an explosive device.

Police previously identified one of the suspects as Robert Eugene Brower, 43, a former client of the lawyer. Authorities did not release the names of the female suspect or the hostage.

In a news conference Monday night, Police Chief Stan York said Brower was angry about having been convicted in a criminal case in which the lawyer was his court-appointed attorney.

“Brower is ‘seeking justice’ for past crimes for which he was convicted — and for which he feels he is innocent,” York said.

York would not elaborate on the couple’s demands, saying they only wanted to call attention to the case.

There were initially three hostages, but two were released unharmed, said Maggie Fitzgerald, a city spokeswoman.

Statesboro, a city of 22,000 that is home to Georgia Southern University, is 225 miles southeast of Atlanta. The community’s Martin Luther King Day parade, which was to pass by the county courthouse near the scene, was canceled because of the standoff.

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