Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 30, 1974 · Page 23
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June 30, 1974

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 23

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- Juur 311. |«T VIGIL Patience Pays Off; Gunmen Surrender, Release Hostages LAKEWOOD. Calif. AP- Seventeen hours of patience by sheriff's deputies paid off with the surrender of two weary gunmen and the release of two hostages Saturday. The standoff, which ended before dawn under the glare of high intensity spotlights, began Friday morning when two armed men wearing stocking masks were seen entering the Flite Room restaurant-bar. Authorities surrounded the building and the gunmen- identified as Ray Johns, 50, of Pomona, and Bill Mitchell, 47, of Fullerton -- held a 55-year- old cook with a heart problem and a 61-year-old janitor suffering from emphysema as hostages. Both hostages were reported in good condition Saturday with only rope burns on their hands. Officers said the gunmen apparently decided tp hold the men after an abortive robbery attempt. Deputies and relatives of the captives appealed to the gunmen over television and innumerous telephone conversations to surrender and release t h e i r h o s t a g e s u n harmed. But the gunmen repeatedly expressed f e a r t h a t they would be killed if they came out. and asked two newsmen to be allowed to drive them away. The newsmen agreed but authorities would not allow it. Los Angeles County Sheriff Peter Pitchess said he decided to play a waiting game because he feared for the health of Barney Fraser. the cook, and Tony Silva, the janitor. "We haven't fired tear gas because tear gas destroys the oxygen in the air and these hostages would have difficulty breathing." Pitchess said during the vigil. -But most of all we're concerned that shooting tear gas may incite these men inside to shoot the hostages." * * * AIR CONDITIONING in the tiny glass and stone buildinp, broke down in lOWegree heat Friday and electricity to the Fiite Room was shut off. At one point, a sheriff's captain passed medication for Fraser through a window, which the gunmen then kept open. "1 thought, thank God, some fresh air," Fraser later said- He and Silva had not been mistreated. lateness said Johns told him in a telephone conversation early Saturday thai he "wanted to surrender and get out." Moments later. Jonns scrambled on his hands and knees out the front door. He told deputies the hostages were on the floor behind the bar. Tear gas was lobbed into the lounge and Mitchell surrendered. Burma Puts Down Economic Unrest i !*«** WASHINGTON - Burma this moath forcibly put down what is regarded as the most serious outbreak of ecoftomic unrest since it gained independence from Britain in 18. While peace has been restored, analysts say the basic causes of the protests -- shortages and high prices for food -- remain, and they fear that there may be worse troubles ahead for the militarv-run So- cialist govenwueat. According to government figures, which are accepted as accurate, 22 persons were killed and 60 injured June 6 when troops fired on demonstrators in Rangoon. The protests in the Rangoon area were the culmination of more than two months of unrest which reportedly began on a very small scale in the northern part of the country. The movement reached Rangoon and «s suburbs in mid-May aaa quickly spread. By early June some 42 government mills and factories were struck and in the hands of the workers. To their original demands for more rice and higher pay. the strikers also added amnesty for themselves and dissolution of the workers" councils, the agency through which the government controls the coun- trv's union. 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