SWAT called to Homestead after possible abduction

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Allegheny County and Homestead police are trying piece together tonight a bizarre chain of events that involved an unconfirmed abduction, an assault, a SWAT call-out and the mystery reappearance of a wounded teenager.

Homestead police Chief Jeffrey DeSimone said officers received a call about 1:40 p.m. today from a woman who was concerned because she had just been told that her 16-year-old son had not arrived at school that day and she was hearing that he might have been abducted.

When police arrived on Sarah Street, where the woman lives, they found 10 shell casings on either side of the street that seemed to indicate that two people at fired from different weapons, likely aiming at each other, the chief said.

Around that same time, the missing's boy's father and another man arrived at the Sarah Street home in a car with bullet holes, he said.

Also around that time, the chief said he received a call from the FBI's Pittsburgh office saying that an informant had told them the missing boy and potential kidnapping suspects were in an apartment on 9th Avenue.

Homestead police contacted Allegheny County police, who brought out the SWAT team so officers could search the apartment building. During their search, police found "blood evidence" and a sign of a struggle, the chief said.

While police were searching the apartment building, the 16-year-old boy was found in Homestead, apparently having been beaten. He was transported to a local hospital, where he was undergoing surgery tonight.

"This is still an active investigation," Chief DeSimone said, emphasizing that police were still sorting through information given to them by witnesses, many of whom said they did not see the events unfold but were getting their information from other people.

He said officers questioned several people but it was too early to tell what sort of charges, if any, they might face.

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Liz Navratil: lnavratil@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1438 and on Twitter: @LizNavratil.


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