AP Exclusive: Sydney hostage, 82, planned daring escape after he thought they would all die

December 17, 2014 11:00 AM

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AP Exclusive: Sydney hostage, 82, planned daring escape after he thought they would all die

John O'Brien, one of hostages of the Sydney cafe siege, poses for a photo as he relaxes in his front yard in Sydney, Australia, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. O'Brien, 82, was the first hostage to escape the Lindt Chocolat Cafe after a gunman took 17 people hostage on Monday Dec. 15. Three people including the gunman were shot after police ended the siege at the coffee shop early Tuesday. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith) (The Associated Press)

SYDNEY – The siege at the Sydney cafe had been going on for more than five hours and 82-year-old John O'Brien had become convinced the gunman was insane and they would likely all end up dead.

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