Armed intruders threaten children, kidnap woman from Baldwin apartment

| Thursday, May 1, 2014, 7:57 a.m.

A woman told Baldwin Borough police six gunmen stormed her apartment, held eight children at gunpoint and ordered her to take them to a man in West Mifflin, police said on Thursday.

The incident began shortly before 11 p.m. Wednesday in an apartment on Keeport Drive, police Chief Michael Scott said. The woman was with a female friend and the children, ranging in age from 1 to 13, when someone knocked on the door. The masked gunmen barged in and ordered the children into a bedroom, Scott said. They told the woman to take her to a man she knows by a street name and threatened to kill the children if she didn't comply, Scott said.

She drove two of the men to a house in West Mifflin. They told her to tell the man in the house to come outside, Scott said. Instead, she ran into the home, locked the door and called 911. The gunmen drove off, but Scott said because police didn't know how many might remain at the apartment with the children, SWAT officers were summoned.

After about five hours, police entered the house and determined none of the children was injured, Scott said. Police are investigating.

Kristin Cox, 25, said she often sees “kids running around doing things they shouldn't” at the complex. Those include late-night drinking on the playground, knocking on windows and disrupting residents.

She has called the police about the activity. She moved to the Residences in September but wants to relocate.

Cox lives in a basement-level apartment with her family.

“I've never seen anything like that around here. I expected the teenage hoodlum thing, not the adults running around with guns,” Cox said.

Margaret Harding is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-380-8519 or mharding@tribweb.com.

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