FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) -- A legally blind college graduate, described by a former roommate as a paranoid "hermit," was in police custody Wednesday after taking 28 people hostage in a university classroom and claiming to have a bomb.
Fairfield police charged Patrick Arbelo, 24, of nearby Bridgeport with 28 counts of first-degree kidnapping early Wednesday. Authorities said additional charges were pending.
The hostages, including an associate professor and students, were released gradually over the course of the seven-hour standoff at Fairfield University. No one was injured.
Arbelo remained in the classroom for about an hour after he released the last hostage, Fairfield First Selectman Kenneth Flatto said. Arbelo "came out and gave himself up peacefully," university spokeswoman Nancy Habetz said.
The 2001 graduate of the Roman Catholic university was held on a $500,000 bond and was to be arraigned Wednesday morning.
Police said Wednesday that Arbelo did not have a real bomb.
Stephen Kriso, of Hasbrouck Heights, N.J., roomed with Arbelo during the 1996-97 school year.
He said Arbelo was basically a hermit,, but had never exhibited any violent behavior.
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