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Trial date set for man accused of taking hostages at credit union

Police say Nicholas Humphrey held 13 hostage in credit union for 2 hours

Nicholas Humphrey appears at arraignment hearing
Nicholas Humphrey appears at arraignment hearing

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A trial date has been set for a man arrested after December’s credit union hostage standoff in Northwest Jacksonville.

Nicholas Humphrey, 23, has pleaded not guilty to charges of armed robbery, kidnapping and auto theft. He remains in jail without bond.

His trial is scheduled to begin Jan. 8. 

According to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, Humphrey came into the Community First Credit Union on Edgewood Avenue shortly after it opened Dec. 1 with a dog, dog food and a gun, and took 13 hostages. He was taken into custody and the hostages were freed when two of those hostages made a run for the door and the SWAT team used the distraction to storm the building.

The hostages, seven of whom were employees at the credit union, were escorted out safely by SWAT officers. There were no injuries.

Humphrey's next pretrial hearing is July 16.