82-year-old Sydney hostage details daring escape

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82-year-old Sydney hostage details daring escape
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 23: SES Volunteers carefully carry away a photo tribute of Katrina Dawson and Tori Johnson at Martin Place on December 23, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Volunteers have gathered at Martin Place this morning to begin clearing the thousands of bouquets and cards left in tribute to Tori Johnnson and Katrina Dawson, who were killed in last week's hostage siege at the Lindt Cafe. (Photo by Don Arnold/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 23: A photo tribute for Tori Johnson and Katrina Dawson is seen amongst flowers at a wreath laying ceremony after the funeral for Tori Johnson at Martin Place on December 23, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Volunteers have gathered at Martin Place this morning to begin clearing the thousands of bouquets and cards left in tribute to Tori Johnnson and Katrina Dawson, who were killed in last week's hostage siege at the Lindt Cafe. (Photo by Don Arnold/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 23: SES Volunteers prepare to take remove a photo tribute of Katrina Dawson and Tori Johnson at Martin Place on December 23, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Volunteers have gathered at Martin Place this morning to begin clearing the thousands of bouquets and cards left in tribute to Tori Johnnson and Katrina Dawson, who were killed in last week's hostage siege at the Lindt Cafe. (Photo by Don Arnold/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 23: (AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND OUT) Volunteers from the State Emergency Services remove flowers from the Memorial for victims of the siege in Martin Place on December 23, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Volunteers have gathered at Martin Place this morning to begin clearing the thousands of bouquets and cards left in tribute to Tori Johnnson and Katrina Dawson, who were killed in last week's hostage siege at the Lindt Cafe. (Photo by Daniel Munoz/Fairfax Media via Getty Images)
One of the hostages runs towards police from a cafe in the central business district of Sydney on December 15, 2014. Five people ran out of a Sydney cafe where a gunman has taken hostages and displayed an Islamic flag against the window, witnesses and police said December 15, adding that no one has yet been harmed. AFP PHOTO / SAEED KHAN (Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Australian police say the 16-hour siege in Sydney, where a gunman was holding dozens of people hostage, is now over.
One of the hostages runs towards police from a cafe in the central business district of Sydney on December 15, 2014. Five people ran out of a Sydney cafe where a gunman has taken hostages and displayed an Islamic flag against the window, witnesses and police said December 15, adding that no one has yet been harmed. AFP PHOTO / SAEED KHAN (Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)
One of the hostages runs towards police from a cafe in the central business district of Sydney on December 15, 2014. Five people ran out of a Sydney cafe where a gunman has taken hostages and displayed an Islamic flag against the window, witnesses and police said December 15, adding that no one has yet been harmed. AFP PHOTO / SAEED KHAN (Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott (L) and his wife Margaret lay wreaths at a makeshift memorial near the scene of a fatal siege in the heart of Sydney's financial district on December 16, 2014. Grieving Australians on December 16 eulogised the victims of the Sydney cafe siege as authorities investigated why its Iranian-born perpetrator had remained at large despite a history of violence and extremism. AFP PHOTO/Peter PARKS (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: A man places flowers as a mark of respect for the victims of Martin Place siege on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Daniel Munoz/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: A man places flowers as a mark of respect for the victims of Martin Place siege on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Daniel Munoz/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: A woman places flowers as a mark of respect for the victims of Martin Place siege on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Daniel Munoz/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: A woman places flowers as a mark of respect for the victims of Martin Place siege on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Daniel Munoz/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: A man places flowers as a mark of respect for the victims of Martin Place siege on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Daniel Munoz/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: Flowers are placed by people as a mark of respect for the victims of Martin Place siege on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Daniel Munoz/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: Flowers are placed by people as a mark of respect for the victims of Martin Place siege on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Daniel Munoz/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: A man places flowers as a mark of respect for the victims of Martin Place siege on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Daniel Munoz/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: A man places flowers as a mark of respect for the victims of Martin Place siege on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Daniel Munoz/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: Flowers are placed by people as a mark of respect for the victims of Martin Place siege on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Daniel Munoz/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: A woman walks past flowers placed by people as a mark of respect for the victims of Martin Place siege on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Daniel Munoz/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: A woman walks past flowers placed by people as a mark of respect for the victims of Martin Place siege on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Daniel Munoz/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: People wait in line to place flowers as a mark of respect for the victims of Martin Place siege on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Daniel Munoz/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: A woman walks past flowers placed by people as a mark of respect for the victims of Martin Place siege on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Daniel Munoz/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: Pedestrians walks past flowers placed by people as a mark of respect for the victims of Martin Place siege on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Daniel Munoz/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: A man places flowers as a mark of respect for the victims of Martin Place siege on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Daniel Munoz/Getty Images)
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott (centre L) and his wife Margaret prepare to lay wreaths at a makeshift memorial near the scene of a fatal siege in the heart of Sydney's financial district on December 16, 2014. Grieving Australians on December 16 eulogised the victims of the Sydney cafe siege as authorities investigated why its Iranian-born perpetrator had remained at large despite a history of violence and extremism. AFP PHOTO/Peter PARKS (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott (centre L) and his wife Margaret lay wreaths at a makeshift memorial near the scene of a fatal siege in the heart of Sydney's financial district on December 16, 2014. Grieving Australians on December 16 eulogised the victims of the Sydney cafe siege as authorities investigated why its Iranian-born perpetrator had remained at large despite a history of violence and extremism. AFP PHOTO/Peter PARKS (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: Prime Minister Tony Abbott arrives with his wife Margaret to pay their respects at Martin Place on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. The siege in Sydney's Lindt Cafe in Martin Place is over after 16 hours. Police raided the cafe just after 2am AEDT on Tuesday morning. Three people have been confirmed killed, two hostages and the gunman. (Photo by Jennifer Polixenni Brankin/Getty Images)
A man and woman pray as visitors queue up to lay flowers at a makeshift memorial near the scene of a fatal siege in the heart of Sydney's financial district on December 16, 2014. Grieving Australians on December 16 eulogised the victims of the Sydney cafe siege as authorities investigated why its Iranian-born perpetrator had remained at large despite a history of violence and extremism. AFP PHOTO/Peter PARKS (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)
Australian flags fly at half mast on Sydney Harbour bridge following the fatal siege in the heart of Sydney's financial district on December 16, 2014. Grieving Australians on December 16 eulogised the victims of the Sydney cafe siege as authorities investigated why its Iranian-born perpetrator had remained at large despite a history of violence and extremism. AFP PHOTO/Peter PARKS (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)
A man (C) prays as visitors queue up to lay flowers at a makeshift memorial near the scene of a fatal siege in the heart of Sydney's financial district on December 16, 2014. Grieving Australians on December 16 eulogised the victims of the Sydney cafe siege as authorities investigated why its Iranian-born perpetrator had remained at large despite a history of violence and extremism. AFP PHOTO/Peter PARKS (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: Local political figures pay their respects at the Martin Place memorial site on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Jennifer Polixenni Brankin/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: People come to pay their respects at the Martin Place vigil on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Jennifer Polixenni Brankin/Getty Images)
Visitors queue up to lay flowers at a makeshift memorial near the scene of a fatal siege in the heart of Sydney's financial district on December 16, 2014. Sydneysiders including tearful office workers and Muslim women in hijabs laid flowers at the scene of the deadly siege, in an outpouring of grief and shock that this could happen in their easy-going city. AFP PHOTO/Peter PARKS (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: People pay their respects at the Martin Place vigil on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Jennifer Polixenni Brankin/Getty Images)
Visitors sign condolences and flowers are laid at a makeshift memorial near the scene of a fatal siege in the heart of Sydney's financial district on December 16, 2014. Sydneysiders including tearful office workers and Muslim women in hijabs laid flowers at the scene of the deadly siege, in an outpouring of grief and shock that this could happen in their easy-going city. AFP PHOTO/Peter PARKS (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: Flowers placed at Martin Place vigil are seen on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Jennifer Polixenni Brankin/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: A man plays a harmonica in Martin Place on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: Mourners at Martin Place vigil are seen on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Jennifer Polixenni Brankin/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: Members of the public write messages in condolence books in Martin Place on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. The siege in Sydney's Lindt Cafe in Martin Place is over after 16 hours. Police raided the cafe just after 2am AEDT on Tuesday morning. Three people have been confirmed killed, two hostages and the gunman. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: (EUROPE AND AUSTRALASIA OUT) Sydneysiders lay flowers for victims Tori Johnson and Katrina Dawson at the scene of the Martin Place siege in the CBD on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Adam Ward/Newspix/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: (EUROPE AND AUSTRALASIA OUT) Sydneysiders lay flowers for victims Tori Johnson and Katrina Dawson at the scene of the Martin Place siege in the CBD on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Adam Ward/Newspix/Getty Images)
Prime Minister Tony Abbott (L) and his wife Margaret arrive to pay respects and lay wreaths at a makeshift memorial near the scene of a fatal siege in the heart of Sydney's financial district on December 16, 2014. Sydneysiders including tearful office workers and Muslim women in hijabs laid flowers at the scene of the deadly siege, in an outpouring of grief and shock that this could happen in their easy-going city. AFP PHOTO/Peter PARKS (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: (EUROPE AND AUSTRALASIA OUT) Sydneysiders lay flowers for victims Tori Johnson and Katrina Dawson at the scene of the Martin Place siege in the CBD on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Adam Ward/Newspix/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: Flowers are left as a sign of respect at Martin Place on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: New South Wales Premier Mike Baird attends a mass to pay respect to the victims of the Martin Place siege on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Daniel Munoz/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: Members of the public attend a mass to pay respect to the victims of the Martin Place siege on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Daniel Munoz/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: New South Wales Premier Mike Baird attends a mass to pay respect to the victims of the Martin Place siege on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Daniel Munoz/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: Australian Governor General Peter Cosgrove attends a mass to pay respect to the victims of the Martin Place siege on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Daniel Munoz/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: Australian Governor General Peter Cosgrove attends a mass to pay respect to the victims of the Martin Place siege on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Daniel Munoz/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: Archbishop of Sydney, Most Reverend Anthony Fisher shakes hands with Australian Governor General Peter Cosgrove during a mass to pay respect to the victims of the Martin Place siege on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Daniel Munoz/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: Governor-General of Australia Sir Peter Cosgrove pays his respects at Martin Place on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: (AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND OUT) People lay floral tributes in Martin Place for the two hostages killed during a siege in the nearby Lindt Chocolat Café at Martin Place on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Ben Rushton/Fairfax Media via Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: (AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND OUT) New South Wales Premier Mike Baird lays flowers in Martin Place for the two hostages killed during a siege in the nearby Lindt Chocolat Café at Martin Place on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Ben Rushton/Fairfax Media via Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: (AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND OUT) Members of Sydney's Muslim community lay flowers in Martin Place for the two hostages killed during a siege in the nearby Lindt Chocolat Café at Martin Place on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Ben Rushton/Fairfax Media via Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: (AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND OUT) Members of Sydney's Muslim community lay flowers in Martin Place for the two hostages killed during a siege in the nearby Lindt Chocolat Café at Martin Place on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Ben Rushton/Fairfax Media via Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: (AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND OUT) A young girl places floral tributes in Martin Place for the two hostages killed during a siege in the nearby Lindt Chocolat Café at Martin Place on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Ben Rushton/Fairfax Media via Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: (AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND OUT) People lay floral tributes in Martin Place for the two hostages killed during a siege in the nearby Lindt Chocolat Café at Martin Place on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Ben Rushton/Fairfax Media via Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: (AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND OUT) Members of Sydney's Muslim community lay flowers in Martin Place for the two hostages killed during a siege in the nearby Lindt Chocolat Café at Martin Place on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Ben Rushton/Fairfax Media via Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: Flowers are left as a sign of respect at Martin Place on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: A young girl holds a balloon aloft in Martin Place on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: A young girl holds aloft a chocolate on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
The first hostage to escape the #SydneySiege has spoken about the horrifying ordeal. http://t.co/50ot2LAJHL http://t.co/YClAd0Osi0
John O'Brien, 83, first man out of Lindt Cafe tells of his escape from the crazed gunman: http://t.co/HDs6xBJx1A http://t.co/e1F4QtrwuV
#sydneysiege: Unlike 26/11, media must think first and telecast later, says @sandipr http://t.co/zFdF5miHRH http://t.co/Tac91U0OSc
John O'Brian, 83, the first hostage to escape #sydneysiege #facesofmartinplace http://t.co/oox4egS6yj http://t.co/IjPXnPOIle
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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 10: (EUROPE AND AUSTRALASIA OUT) Iranian born Muslim cleric, Sheik Haron, who is named in court papers as Man Haron Monis, arrives at Downing Centre Court in Sydney, where he faced charges of sending offensive letters to families of Australian soldiers who died in Afghanistan. (Photo by Cameron Richardson/Newspix/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 10: (EUROPE AND AUSTRALASIA OUT) Iranian born Muslim cleric, Sheik Haron, who is named in court papers as Man Haron Monis, chained to a railing outside the Downing Centre Court in Sydney in an anti-war protest. He had appeared in court to face charges of sending offensive letters to families of Australian soldiers who died in Afghanistan. (Photo by Cameron Richardson/Newspix/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 10: (EUROPE AND AUSTRALASIA OUT) Iranian born Muslim cleric, Sheik Haron, who is named in court papers as Man Haron Monis, arrives at Downing Centre Court in Sydney, where he faced charges of sending offensive letters to families of Australian soldiers who died in Afghanistan. (Photo by Cameron Richardson/Newspix/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 10: (AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND OUT) Man Haron Monis, gunman in the Lindt Chocolat Café siege in Martin Place, Sydney, is photographed outside the Downing Centre Court, Sydney, February 10, 2010. He was convicted in 2013 for sending hate mail to Australian war widows and was charged with sexual offences in October 2014 relating to his time as a self-proclaimed spiritual leader. (Photo by Kate Geraghty/Fairfax Media/Fairfax Media via Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 19: (EUROPE AND AUSTRALASIA OUT) Iranian born Muslim cleric, Sheik Haron, who is named in court papers as Man Haron Monis, holds a press conference after leaving Downing Centre Local Court in Sydney. The Sheik is banned from contacting any member of the defence forces after he allegedly sent offensive letters to widows of Diggers killed in Afghanistan, accusing them of being 'murderers'. (Photo by Stephen Cooper/Newspix/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 10: (EUROPE AND AUSTRALASIA OUT) Iranian born Muslim cleric, Sheik Haron, who is named in court papers as Man Haron Monis, chained to a railing outside the Downing Centre Court in Sydney in an anti-war protest. He had appeared in court to face charges of sending offensive letters to families of Australian soldiers who died in Afghanistan. (Photo by Cameron Richardson/Newspix/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 10: (EUROPE AND AUSTRALASIA OUT) Iranian born Muslim cleric, Sheik Haron, who is named in court papers as Man Haron Monis, chained to a railing outside the Downing Centre Court in Sydney in an anti-war protest. He had appeared in court to face charges of sending offensive letters to families of Australian soldiers who died in Afghanistan. (Photo by Cameron Richardson/Newspix/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: Large crowds wait in line to lay dwon flowers in Martin Place on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: Large crowds are seen in Martin Place on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: Flowers are left as a sign of respect at Martin Place on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: Women comfort eachother in Martin Place on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 14: (AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND OUT) (EDITORS NOTE: Image is highest resolution available.) Man Haron Monis, gunman in the Lindt Chocolat Café siege in Martin Place, Sydney, speaks to the press on April 14, 2014. He was convicted in 2013 for sending hate mail to Australian war widows and was charged with sexual offences in October 2014 relating to his time as a self-proclaimed spiritual leader. (Photo by Nick Ralston/Fairfax Media/Fairfax Media via Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: Women embrace in Martin Place on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: Members of the Muslim community show their respect at Martin Place on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: People queue to buy flowers in Martin Place on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: Members of the Muslim community show their respect at Martin Place on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: A women reacts looking at a shrine of flowers in Martin Place on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 15: Poloce officers talk next to Lindt Cafe, Martin Place on December 15, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Police attend a hostage situation at Lindt Cafe in Martin Place. (Photo by Daniel Munoz/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 15: Police officers talk next to Lindt Cafe, Martin Place on December 15, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Police attend a hostage situation at Lindt Cafe in Martin Place. (Photo by Daniel Munoz/Getty Images)
A female hostage stands by the front entrance of the cafe as she turns the lights off in the Sydney central business district on December 15, 2014. Five people ran out of a Sydney cafe where a gunman has taken hostages and displayed an Islamic flag against the window, witnesses and police said on December 15, adding that no one has yet been harmed. AFP PHOTO/William WEST (Photo credit should read WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 15: A Policeman looks on on Philip St near the Lindt Cafe, Martin Place on December 15, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Police attend a hostage situation at Lindt Cafe in Martin Place. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 15: Armed police are seen outside the Lindt Cafe, Martin Place on December 15, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Police attend a hostage situation at Lindt Cafe in Martin Place. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 15: Police move items on Philip St near the Lindt Cafe, Martin Place on December 15, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Police attend a hostage situation at Lindt Cafe in Martin Place. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 15: Police move items on Philip St near the Lindt Cafe, Martin Place on December 15, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Police attend a hostage situation at Lindt Cafe in Martin Place. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 15: Police confer on Philip St near the Lindt Cafe, Martin Place on December 15, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Police attend a hostage situation at Lindt Cafe in Martin Place. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 15: An armed policeman is seen in Phillip St on December 15, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Police attend a hostage situation at Lindt Cafe in Martin Place. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 15: A Policeman listens to a radio on Philip St near the Lindt Cafe, Martin Place on December 15, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Police attend a hostage situation at Lindt Cafe in Martin Place. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 15: Policeman looks on on Philip St near the Lindt Cafe, Martin Place on December 15, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Police attend a hostage situation at Lindt Cafe in Martin Place. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 15: An armed policeman is seen in Phillip St on December 15, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Police attend a hostage situation at Lindt Cafe in Martin Place. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 15: Police confer on Philip St near the Lindt Cafe, Martin Place on December 15, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Police attend a hostage situation at Lindt Cafe in Martin Place. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 15: An armed policeman is seen in Phillip St on December 15, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Police attend a hostage situation at Lindt Cafe in Martin Place. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 15: Two hostages run to safety outside the Lindt Cafe, Martin Place on December 15, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Police attend a hostage situation at Lindt Cafe in Martin Place. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 15: A hostage runs to safety outside the Lindt Cafe, Martin Place on December 15, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Police attend a hostage situation at Lindt Cafe in Martin Place. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 15: A hostage runs to safety outside the Lindt Cafe, Martin Place on December 15, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Police attend a hostage situation at Lindt Cafe in Martin Place. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
A police sniper walks to his vehicle during a hostage siege in the central business district of Sydney on December 15, 2014. Five people ran out of a Sydney cafe where a gunman has taken hostages and displayed an Islamic flag against the window, witnesses and police said on December 15, adding that no one has yet been harmed. AFP PHOTO/William WEST (Photo credit should read WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)
Police gesture as a hostage (unseen) escapes from an emergency exit during a hostage siege in the central business district of Sydney on December 15, 2014. Hostages were being held inside the cafe with a siege underway and an Islamic flag held up to a window, witnesses and reports said. AFP PHOTO/William WEST (Photo credit should read WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 15: Catherine Burn, Deputy Commissioner of the Specialist Operations speaks to the media in relation to the Sydney hostage incident at Sydney Police Centre on December 15, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Major landmarks in Sydney, including the Sydeny Opera House, have been evacuated as police respond to a hostage situation inside a Martin Place cafe. An armed man believed to be an Islamic terrorist is holding multiple people hostage at Lindt Chocolate Café. (Photo by Joosep Martinson/Getty Images)
Armed police are seen near a cafe in the central business district of Sydney on December 15, 2014. A gunman was holding terrified hostages inside a Sydney cafe December 15 with an Islamic flag displayed at the window, triggering a lockdown in an area home to government and corporate headquarters. AFP PHOTO/Peter PARKS (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)
A police rescue squad are seen near a cafe in the central business district of Sydney on December 15, 2014. A gunman was holding terrified hostages inside a Sydney cafe December 15 with an Islamic flag displayed at the window, triggering a lockdown in an area home to government and corporate headquarters. AFP PHOTO/Peter PARKS (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 15: Armed police perform a safety check with a dog on December 15, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Major landmarks in Sydney, including the Sydeny Opera House, have been evacuated as police respond to a hostage situation inside a Martin Place cafe. (Photo by Joosep Martinson/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 15: (AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND OUT) Police secure the area near Lindt Chocolate Café in Martin Place on December 15, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Major landmarks in Sydney, including the Sydeny Opera House, have been evacuated as police respond to a hostage situation inside a Martin Place cafe. An armed man believed to be an Islamic terrorist is holding at least 20 people hostage at Lindt Chocolate Café. (Photo by Daniel Munoz/Fairfax Media via Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 15: (AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND OUT) Police secure the area near Lindt Chocolate Café in Martin Place on December 15, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Major landmarks in Sydney, including the Sydeny Opera House, have been evacuated as police respond to a hostage situation inside a Martin Place cafe. An armed man believed to be an Islamic terrorist is holding at least 20 people hostage at Lindt Chocolate Café. (Photo by Daniel Munoz/Fairfax Media via Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 15: Armed policeman are seen outside Lindt Cafe on Philip St, Martin Place on December 15, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Police attend a hostage situation at Lindt Cafe in Martin Place. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
Sydney siege live coverage: At least 13 people believed to be inside cafe. http://t.co/0xF0CbWi05 http://t.co/RSzix5A0yL
Around a dozen people held hostage in #Sydney #siege situation. Rolling coverage continues - http://t.co/jfQHQxCKbb http://t.co/nR3oT6AraH
#breaking This is the scene live in #Sydney at the cafe siege - between 13 & 20 held, Islamic flag in window http://t.co/RNKRqkJaf3
More: Location of the hostage situation currently occurring in #Sydney's Martin Place. http://t.co/EZtyxzZyys
Re: no planes over #Sydney, @flightradar24 seems to confirm that: http://t.co/dGzPglGXxt
#BREAKING: There is a siege situation in #Sydney's Martin place. http://t.co/4MizfSFJvr
An apparent suspect, as shown on Australian TV. (Can’t remember which network.) http://t.co/BDokyRCi1m
Hundreds of concerned onlookers at Martin Place. Some praying out loud for those inside. http://t.co/vh2JtE2eEE
Police secure the scene near #LindtCafe, #MartinPlace on December 15, 2014 #SydneyHostages http://t.co/dU3DNer6lt
#BREAKING: @campricenews says NSW Parliament has been put into lockdown. #martinplace LIVE Ch 601 http://t.co/c9Akjv9BW2
Armed police are seen outside a cafe in the central business district of Sydney on December 15, 2014. Hostages were being held inside a cafe in central Sydney on December 15 with an Islamic flag displayed against a window, according to witnesses and reports, while police said they were also responding to an 'incident' at the nearby Opera House. AFP PHOTO/Peter PARKS (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)
Police close a street where a cafe is being used to hold hostages in the central business district of Sydney on December 15, 2014. Hostages were being held inside a cafe in central Sydney on December 15 with an Islamic flag displayed against a window, according to witnesses and reports, while police said they were also responding to an 'incident' at the nearby Opera House. AFP PHOTO/Peter PARKS (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)
Armed police are seen outside a cafe in the central business district of Sydney on December 15, 2014. Hostages were being held inside a cafe in central Sydney on December 15 with an Islamic flag displayed against a window, according to witnesses and reports, while police said they were also responding to an 'incident' at the nearby Opera House. AFP PHOTO/Peter PARKS (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)
Armed police are seen outside a cafe in the central business district of Sydney on December 15, 2014. Hostages were being held inside a cafe in central Sydney on December 15 with an Islamic flag displayed against a window, according to witnesses and reports, while police said they were also responding to an 'incident' at the nearby Opera House. AFP PHOTO/Peter PARKS (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)
Armed police are seen outside a cafe in the central business district of Sydney on December 15, 2014. Hostages were being held inside a cafe in central Sydney on December 15 with an Islamic flag displayed against a window, according to witnesses and reports, while police said they were also responding to an 'incident' at the nearby Opera House. AFP PHOTO/Peter PARKS (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 15: (AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND OUT) Police officers chat on the scene of the siege at Lindt Cafe in Martin Place on December 15, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Major landmarks in Sydney, including the Sydeny Opera House, have been evacuated as police respond to a hostage situation inside a Martin Place cafe. (Photo by Daniel Munoz/Fairfax Media via Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 15: (AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND OUT) A police officer points his weapon towards the siege at Lindt Cafe in Martin Place on December 15, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Major landmarks in Sydney, including the Sydeny Opera House, have been evacuated as police respond to a hostage situation inside a Martin Place cafe. (Photo by Daniel Munoz/Fairfax Media via Getty Images)
Just waiting and hoping that this situation is resolved safely #MartinPlace http://t.co/fEkxEiYokb
Picture of man believed to be holding people hostage at #MartinPlace: http://t.co/YbdGavteed via @7NewsSydney http://t.co/AaZGDU939l
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: Flowers are left as a sign of respect at Martin Place on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: Flowers are left at Martin Place on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: The Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore pays her respects at Martin Place on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: Women embrace in Martin Place on December 16, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, was shot dead by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after taking hostages at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place. Two other people died, 33-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson and 38-year-old Sydney barrister Katrina Dawson. Six people have been injured and have been taken to hospital. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
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SYDNEY (AP) - 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.

And so he made a decision, one he knew came with a cost: he was going to try to escape.

O'Brien - a former professional tennis player who played at Wimbledon - looked at the gunman who was at the other end of the cafe, barricaded behind tables and chairs. The man had forced two or three young women to stand in front of him as human shields, so police snipers couldn't take shots at him.

O'Brien glanced up at Stefan Balafoutis, a lawyer, who was standing, as ordered, with his hands against the window. The younger man had his eyes closed.

Sydney Cafe Siege Hostage Speaks of Relief

"I said to the barrister, look, this is not going to end well, this guy will never get out of here alive, and he's going to take everyone with him," O'Brien told The Associated Press in the first detailed account from a hostage who was held inside the cafe.

He whispered his plan to Balafoutis. The lawyer replied: "Good idea."

O'Brien was exhausted and was wondering at times if he was in a dream. He hadn't eaten since early in the morning, before their ordeal began, when he'd ordered a piece of raisin toast and a cappuccino.

He thought the coffee at the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in Martin Place was creamy and delicious, albeit overpriced. He liked the chocolates on display, a point of difference at the cafe. He'd visit a few times a year, often after an appointment with his eye doctor like the one he'd had that morning.

O'Brien was eating his toast when 50-year-old Man Haron Monis strode in, wearing a bandanna with Arabic writing. He pulled out a shotgun. O'Brien looked at it, thinking it was the size of a tennis racket. He knew right away the situation was dire. The gunman grabbed Tori Johnson, the 34-year-old cafe manager, ordering him to lock the door. O'Brien said Monis was immediately aggressive and belligerent.

There were 17 people in the cafe that Monday who became the gunman's hostages. Several were cafe staff in their early 20s. The customers included three lawyers and four bank workers who had popped in from nearby offices. O'Brien was the oldest while Jarrod Hoffman, a 19-year-old university student and a cafe staffer, was the youngest.

Monis ordered the customers to stand with their hands on the cafe window and to hold up a black Shahada flag with the Islamic declaration of faith written on it. O'Brien said he stood with his hands on the window for 30 minutes, or maybe 45 - it was hard to tell - before telling the gunman how old he was and saying he needed to sit down.

It was his first challenge to the gunman's authority and a bit of a ruse, he said. He felt stronger than he was letting on. He's remarkably fit for his age. He still plays competitive tennis, and is among the best in Australia in his age group. As a young man, in 1956, he made it to the fourth round of Wimbledon.

Monis complained but relented, allowing O'Brien and a few others to sit.

The hours ticked by as the gunman tried to use the hostages to relay his odd demands on social media: to be delivered a flag of the Islamic State group and to speak directly to Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

O'Brien would sometimes rest his head on the table. He thought about his wife, Maureen, whose brother had died two weeks earlier. He thought about his two daughters. And he thought about the gunman, who he became convinced was mad.

O'Brien quietly slipped out of his seat and sat on the floor. He'd noticed a small gap between the wall and a large advertising placard, which was perhaps 10 feet (3 meters) wide and 5 feet (1.5 meters) high. He figured the gap was less than a foot (0.3 meter) wide but he knew he had to squeeze through if his plan was to work.

He struggled, trying several times and failing. Finally, he made it through. Now the placard was obscuring him from the gunman. He lay down, looking up at a large green button. But he wasn't sure if it would open the glass doors. If the button didn't work, he figured, he would be seen by the gunman and killed.

Also weighing on his mind was the thought of leaving the others behind. He didn't want to, of course, and he had no way of knowing how the gunman might react.

"I was terribly worried for them," he said.

But there was no turning back. He reached up and pushed the green button and a moment later, at 3:37 p.m., he was free.

The images of O'Brien running toward the police in his blue blazer, glancing back with Balafoutis close behind, were played around the world. The men put their hands in the air as they reached the heavily clad officers. O'Brien took a step back out into the street, gesturing back toward the cafe, before an officer pushed him behind the front line and to safety.

Over the following hours, several more hostages escaped. The siege ended just after 2 a.m. in a barrage of gunfire when police rushed in to free the remaining captives. Two hostages, including Johnson, the cafe manager, were killed. So was the gunman.

Johnson would be hailed a hero, after reports he brought the standoff to an end by wrestling Monis for the shotgun, saving the lives of most of his fellow hostages.

O'Brien certainly considers Johnson a hero. He says he can't sleep and he can't stop thinking about Johnson and the other victim, Katrina Dawson, a 38-year-old mother of three.

"They weren't doing anything wrong," he said.

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A pedestrian walks in the rain next to the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge on December 11, 2014 in San Francisco, California. The San Francisco Bay Area is being hit with a severe storm that is bringing high winds and heavy rain that have toppled trees and caused local flooding.

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Secretary of State John Kerry testifies about a congressional Authorization for the Use of Military Force against the Islamic State, the violent jihadist group that has seized parts of Syria and Iraq, during a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill December 9, 2014 in Washington, DC. Kerry debated back and forth with senators from both parties about the differences between what Congress is proposing for the AUMF and what the Obama Administration wants. 

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A pro-democracy protester (C) argues with police as they clear the main pro-democracy protest camp in the Admiralty district in Hong Kong on December 11, 2014. Hong Kong police began dismantling the city's main pro-democracy site on December 11, clearing away tents and barricades after more than two months of rallies, and hauling off a hard core of protesters who nevertheless vow that their struggle lives on. 

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Firefighters hose down the smoldering ruins of a seven-story apartment building under construction alongside the 110 freeway that was destroy in an early morning fire on December 8, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The fire also damaged nearby high-rise buildings and shut down freeways, causing massive traffic problems for morning commuters.

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Panda sculptures are exhibited on December 10, 2014 in Hefei, Anhui province of China. 1600 panda sculptures represent the total number of live pandas in the world and convey a message of protecting the endangered pandas.

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Two men walk a dog at the Rennsteig ridge walk near Oberhof, central Germany, on December 8, 2014. The Rennsteig hiking trail leads through the Thuringian Forest, the Thuringian Highland and the Franconian Forest. 

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British Army military cadets listen as Abdullah Abdullah, Chief Executive Officer of Afghanistan speaks at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst on December 5, 2014 in Camberley, England. Afghanistan's new leaders are hoping to build bridges with the West as they struggle to bring peace to their country, while foreign combat forces withdraw after 13 years. 

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A camel rests in the desert during a falconry competition, part of the 2014 International Festival of Falconry in Hameem, 150km west of Abu Dhabi, on December 9, 2014. 

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A tornado hits the coastal town of Alanya near Cleopatra Beach during heavy rain in Antalya, Turkey on December 10, 2014.

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