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Man formally charged in hours-long hostage situation, armed robbery at Rockford credit union

ROCKFORD (WREX) — The armed man who police say held a woman hostage for several hours in a Rockford credit union Friday is formally charged with several crimes stemming from the incident.

Nicholas August, 39, of Rockford is charged with armed robbery, two counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault and aggravated unlawful restraint, according to a spokesperson for Rockford Police.

At the time of the robbery August had warrants out for his arrest on aggravated domestic battery charges out of Winnebago County and a probation violation warrant out of Boone County.

Several police squad cars swarm Heritage Credit Union on E. State and Mulford Friday to respond to an armed robbery and hostage situation.

He is in the Winnebago County Jail on $2 million bond.

Police responded to Heritage Credit Union on E. State Street and Mulford Road around 2:30 p.m. Friday for an armed robbery. August allegedly went into the credit union, threatened employees and took a woman hostage before ordering the rest of the people out of the credit union.

The hostage situation had authorities from multiple jurisdictions at the scene, including the FBI. SWAT team members surrounded the credit union at 5959 E. State St. while crisis negotiators made contact with August to get him to surrender. The entire ordeal lasted for 6 and a half hours, until around 9 p.m.

Rockford Police's SWAT team handcuffs the man who held a woman hostage for more than 6 hours Friday at a credit union.

August allegedly had a pellet gun that looked like a firearm, according to police.

Rockford Police say during the hostage situation August sexually assaulted the woman in the credit union. She was taken to the hospital for non life-threatening injuries.

August was formally charged early Saturday morning by the Winnebago County State's Attorney's Office. The FBI is reviewing the incident and federal bank robbery charges are possible.

Breane Lyga

Breane Lyga is the content manager at 13 WREX. She joined the team in 2015 as the 5, 6 and 10PM news producer after graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She was 13 WREX’s assignment editor from 2017 to 2018.

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