Reporting Oren Liebermann
UPLAND, Pa.(CBS) – Police are searching for the armed gunman who reportedly held his ex-girlfriend and her 8-year-old son hostage in a Delaware County home Sunday morning, according to authorities.
SWAT teams arrived at the home in the 400 block of 3rd Street in Upland at about 11:30 a.m. to find that the suspect, Hanyif Curry, had already slipped away.
Police say at about 5 a.m. Curry, 28, waited in the bushes for his ex-girlfriend to return home and forced her in the residence at gunpoint. He then held the woman and her son hostage for hours until she managed to escape at about 8:45 a.m.
Upon her escape, she called police to report that her son was still being held inside.
When SWAT teams arrived they found the child, but Curry was nowhere in sight. According to Chief John Easton of the Upland Police Department, Curry has assaulted his ex-girlfriend numerous times in the past.
Police say Curry is friends with some of the neighbors and as a result, surrounding homes were evacuated for a period of time.
“I can’t believe it, this is like out of a movie,” said one neighbor, Ganet Purnell.
Police say Curry was already wanted for aggravated assault and he is considered very dangerous. If you have any information on is whereabouts, please contact Upland Police at (610) 872-3040.
The investigation is ongoing.
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