At approximately 1135 EST, reports began to emerge from the Centro de Control y Resguardo del Detenido de la PNB in La Morita, Venezuela that at least three prison guards had been taken hostage by prisoners.
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By 1146 EST, local authorities reported that they had secured a perimeter and negotiators had arrived on scene. The guards were reportedly taken during a prison riot with unknown demands. By 1205 EST, the prisoners confirmed they wanted to speak with a representative from the Public Ministry, but did not disclose what they wanted.
As of this publication, a resolution has not been reached.