Baldwin police are looking for six gunmen who forced their way into an apartment Wednesday night, briefly kidnapped a woman, and ordered eight children and another woman into a bedroom and threatened to kill them if they left.
No one was hurt in the incident, which started about 10 p.m. and ended shortly after 4 a.m. when police and tactical officers were able to get into the apartment, borough police Chief Michael Scott said.
Police said the armed men had scarves covering their faces when they entered through the unsecured door of the building on Keeport Drive, knocked, then forced their way into an apartment on the second floor and held the residents at gunpoint.
At least one of the men asked the 30-year-old woman who lived there "where the money was" and might have mentioned the street name of a man she knew, who they were looking for, Chief Scott said.
The children, ages 1 through 13, and a 23-year-old woman who was visiting the apartment, were forced into a back bedroom. "They were ... told they'd be killed if they left" the bedroom, Chief Scott said.
Chief Scott said six of the eight children were those of the resident. Her goddaughter and a friend's child also were there.
Meanwhile, two of the gunmen forced the resident into her Ford Explorer and she drove them to a residence in West Mifflin. The gunmen told her to go inside the building and summon the man they were seeking, the chief said. That man, police said, had been in a relationship with the woman.
Instead, she locked herself inside and called 911 from a cell phone, police said. At some point, the gunmen left in the woman's vehicle, which West Mifflin police found at the border with Pleasant Hills after 5 a.m.
In Baldwin, tactical officers used methods including an Allegheny County police device that can detect an individual's presence in a room and a robot to determine if the apartment was safe to enter.
Shortly after 4 a.m., they went in through a window. It was unclear when the gunmen holding the hostages left the apartment.
First Published May 1, 2014 10:39 AM