Here’s the scenario: A bank robber enters a bank, pulls out a gun and demands money. He gets his money but not without cops arriving on the scene. He decides to take a hostage in order to escape. He tells the cops he’ll kill the hostage if they come closer or try to follow. From here, either he (1) gets away with the hostage, abandons the hostage, and escapes, or (2) the cops talk him out of murder and get the hostage and criminal safely.
Here’s the question: How often does this happen? Does taking a hostage ever work for the criminal? It always seems to me like situation 2 is what happens more often.
Thanks for any replies.