"We are near the Forum Kopenick trade centre on Bahnhofstrasse street. We received a phone call from a bank branch regarding a menacing situation. This led to a police operation. Forum Kopenick has been evacuated by now. There are 200 police officers working at the scene ... At the moment, we can say that there are three people in the bank, including the criminal, but we cannot say what his motives are," a police spokeswoman said.
News Alert: Hostage situation at a bank in #Köpenick, in southeast #Berlin , Germany. Police believe 3 employees are being held hostage in the bank. Around 200 police officers and special forces are at the scene.pic.twitter.com/8qszYNdqxT— Shark NewsWires (@SharkNewsWires) October 6, 2020
She added that the police had made contact with the criminal, however, it was impossible to identify the other two as either hostages or associates at the time.
Earlier in the day, the police informed Sputnik about an armed bank robbery in Berlin's south-eastern Kopenick area.