Va. Standoff Suspect Angry at Gov't

Warren Taylor sorry about causing holiday trouble
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 24, 2009 11:52 AM CST
Suspect Warren Taylor, of Sullivan County Tenn., lies on the ground after surrendering to a robot after holding hostages at a post office in Wytheville, Va.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Though the man accused of taking three hostages at a Virginia post office yesterday has no ill will toward the USPS specifically, an official says he is quite angry with the federal government in general. Warren Taylor, 53, of Sullivan County, Tenn., told authorities he had planned the event for months or years. At his arraignment today, Taylor said he stopped in Wytheville for gas and food and decided to "end it" at the post office there.

Taylor was arraigned today on kidnapping and gun charges. He said very little in court, but what he did say was apologetic. "I'm sorry I got everybody out on Christmas," was the sole utterance of the wheelchair-bound prisoner, who is diabetic and has one prosthetic leg. The judge ordered Taylor be evaluated at a federal prison medical facility to determine whether he is mentally fit for the criminal proceedings. (Read more Warren Taylor stories.)

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