Pittsburgh police rescue woman held against her will
Pittsburgh police arrested a man in Hays following a hostage situation and brief standoff.
Police on Wednesday said a woman living at a duplex in the 700 block of Baldwin Road left a note on a vehicle outside saying her boyfriend, John O'Toole, 28, had been holding her against her will. She could not use a cell phone to call for help because he took it from her and checked the call log, police said.
A neighbor found the note and called a local crisis network, and workers there then called police, investigators said. Police believed O'Toole had weapons inside the home.
SWAT officers surrounded the house briefly before O'Toole surrendered and was charged with simple assault, domestic violence and false imprisonment.
The woman was taken for a medical evaluation and her condition was not immediately available. It was unclear how long she had been held inside the home.
Matthew Santoni is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-5625 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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