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BIZARRE STANDOFF ENDS; WOMAN, DAUGHTERS FREED

A knife-wielding man who took his ex-girlfriend and their two young daughters hostage finally freed them and surrendered at the end of a bizarre 42-hour standoff near Dallas Wednesday.

James Riccardo Lipscomb, 38, released his hostages from a duplex apartment in the north Dallas suburb of McKinney where he had held them since a domestic dispute exploded Monday night. Nobody was hurt.

The surrender came almost exactly two weeks after Lipscomb's younger brother stormed into a day-care center in the nearby suburb of Plano, taking 80 children and five adults hostage. That standoff also was triggered by a domestic dispute with an estranged wife, but ended peacefully after 30 hours.

In surrendering Wednesday, Lipscomb walked out the back door of the apartment with his hands in the air, kneeled down and was quickly arrested by police. Nobody was hurt and the hostages were led away to safety.

Assistant Police Chief Ray Simmons said Lipscomb agreed to come out peacefully after being assured by negotiators and his attorney that special tactics units surrounding the building would not shoot him.

He was taken to jail and will be charged with aggravated kidnapping.

Lipscomb allegedly seized his former common-law wife, Denise Roach, and their three children -- aged 7, 9 and 12 -- Monday night after finding Ms. Roach's current boyfriend at her apartment.

Armed with a knife, he initially threatened to kill the woman as he gripped her in a headlock but quickly calmed down and released their 9-year-old son a couple of hours later.

On Dec. 17, Lipscomb's brother, James Monroe Lipscomb, 33, burst into the Rigsbee Child Development Center in Plano in pursuit of his estranged wife, who worked there.

When police arrived, he responded by taking the hostages. He quickly released most of them but then held off police for 30 hours before setting free his last two captives -- his son and stepson -- and surrendering.

He remains in jail on charges of aggravated kidnapping.

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