Hostage situation at Texas synagogue

By Adrienne Vogt, Meg Wagner, Jessie Yeung and Adam Renton, CNN

Updated 1:26 a.m. ET, January 16, 2022
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6:46 p.m. ET, January 15, 2022

Officials say suspect in hostage situation believed to be motivated by case of prisoner linked to terrorism

From CNN’s Evan Perez and Shimon Prokupecz

Two law enforcement officials tell CNN investigators believe the suspect in the hostage situation at a Texas synagogue may have been motivated by a desire to free Aafia Siddiqui, who is serving an 86-year sentence at a facility in Texas.

Aafia Siddiqui
Aafia Siddiqui

She was convicted in 2010 on seven charges, including attempted murder and armed assault on US officers in Afghanistan. 

The sources tell CNN that assessment is based on both discussions with the suspect and audio heard on the synagogue’s livestream.

5:49 p.m. ET, January 15, 2022

Dallas Police deploys more officers to area synagogues as a precaution

From CNN's Tina Burnside 

Dallas Police Department is deploying additional Patrols to Dallas synagogues and other sites as a precaution following the ongoing hostage situation at the Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, City of Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson tweeted on Saturday evening.  

Police are working with the Jewish Federation and our local, state and federal partners to monitor any concerns of threats based on the situation in Colleyville, the tweet stated. 

5:31 p.m. ET, January 15, 2022

Texas governor says he's monitoring the synagogue hostage situation

From CNN's Tina Burnside 

In a tweet Saturday evening, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said he is closely monitoring the situation in Colleyville. 

"The Texas Dept. of Public Safety is on the scene of the tense hostage situation in Colleyville, Texas. They are working with local and federal teams to achieve the best and safest outcome," the governor tweeted. 

5:26 p.m. ET, January 15, 2022

Sen. John Cornyn on synagogue situation: "Please pray for the hostages inside"

Texas Sen. John Cornyn has been briefed by Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on the hostage situation at a synagogue in Colleyville, according to a tweet from Cornyn’s official account.

"Please pray for the hostages inside and law enforcement on the scene.," he added.

5:15 p.m. ET, January 15, 2022

President Biden has been briefed on the Texas synagogue hostage situation

From CNN’s Arlette Saenz

President Biden has been briefed on the developing hostage situation at a Texas synagogue and top members of his national security team are in touch with federal law enforcement leaders, according to a tweet from White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki.  

5:01 p.m. ET, January 15, 2022

US representative from synagogue's district says she's "praying for safety and quick resolution"

Rep. Beth Van Duyne, who represents the area where the hostage situation is taking place in the US House of Representatives, said she is “praying for safety and quick resolution for all involved” in a tweet from her official account.

At least four people are being held hostage at the Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas, according to a law enforcement official, and the situation is ongoing.

 

4:54 p.m. ET, January 15, 2022

Sen. Ted Cruz says he's in contact with officials on Texas hostage situation

From CNN’s Sarah Fortinsky

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz says he and his wife, Heidi, are praying for those at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, adding he is “in close contact with local and national authorities.” 

At least four people are being held hostage at the Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas, according to a law enforcement official. An FBI crisis negotiator is still in contact with the subject inside, an official said.

4:51 p.m. ET, January 15, 2022

ATF is assisting with Texas synagogue hostage situation

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has agents from the Dallas Field Division assisting with the hostage situation at a synagogue in Colleyville, Texas, according to a tweet from ATF’s official account.

The FBI and Texas Department of Public Safety are assisting as well, and an FBI crisis negotiator is still in contact with the suspect inside Congregation Beth Israel, where at least four people — including a rabbi — are being held hostage.

4:46 p.m. ET, January 15, 2022

Israel prime minister: "We pray for the safety of the hostages and rescuers"

From CNN's Raja Razek

Israel's Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said in a tweet on Saturday that he is "closely monitoring" the hostage situation unfolding at the Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas.

"I am closely monitoring the hostage situation taking place in Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas. We pray for the safety of the hostages and rescuers," the tweet read.