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(UPDATED) Possible hostage situation in lower Manhattan

Police gained entry at an apartment in lower Manhattan where they believed hostages were being held. The suspect was not present.

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UPDATE: Police gained entry into an apartment in lower Manhattan shortly after noon where they expected to find a hostage situation, cops said.

Police said the suspect being sought, Jimmy Siders, 31, an alleged accomplice in a drug-related fatal shooting in 2010, was not present.

Police report that the incident started at approximately 6:30 a.m. this morning when Manhattan Warrants detectives tried to execute an arrest warrant for Siders. PACE University Student and alleged low-level marijuana dealer Max Moreno was reportedly shot in the head by two men attempting to rip him off. Police identified the two men as Raymond Rizzo, who was convicted in 2012, and Randy Colon, who is still awaiting trial.

When warrants detectives arrived at the apartment where they expected to find Siders, they heard voices inside, police said. Police report that the voices sounded like children, so the detectives called for Emergency Services Unit, Hostage Negotiation Team and Tactical Assistance Response Unit personnel.

Police said that after several hours, they discovered the apartment is currently occupied by Siders' 50-year-old mother, Cynthia Siders, and two of his half-siblings, a 15-year-old girl and a 12-year-old boy.

Three other half-siblings reportedly live at that location, cops said, but Siders is not a tenant on record.

Siders' mother reportedly refused to open the door, telling cops she was tired of the police coming to her home, cops said.

Metro's original story is below.

A law enforcement source reports that police have been attempting for over two hours to get into an apartment in lower Manhattan after an arrest warrant was issued for a suspect who was allegedly involved in a fatal shooting nearly three years ago.

The suspect, who police have identified as Jimmy Siders, is believed to be barricaded in a 4th-floor apartment in a building in the Smith Houses near the Manhattan side of the Brooklyn Bridge.

Cops believe there are three teens in the apartment with him, though their attempts to enter the apartment have yielded no responses. The Hostage Negotiation Team and Technical Assistance Response Unit have been called to the scene.

On September 29, 2010, Pace University student and alleged low-level marijuana dealer Max Moreno was allegedly shot in the head in a drug rip-off, cops said. Siders allegedly went to Moreno's apartment at 2 Gold Street in lower Manhattan to buy pot, then left the door unlocked on his way out. Two accomplices, identified by police as Randy Colon and Raymond Rizzo, allegedly broke into the apartment to steal marijuana. Moreno resisted, and Colon fatally shot him in the once in the head, cops said.

Rizzo has been convicted, and Colon is awaiting trial, cops said.

Cops say Siders was indicted today, and an arrest warrant was issued. Police deployed to the apartment at 8:45 a.m. to attempt to arrest Siders.

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