Pittsburgh police use ladder to rescue woman held hostage during domestic
Pittsburgh police used a ladder Saturday afternoon to rescue a woman who was being held hostage by her boyfriend in a Brighton Heights house, according to the Public Safety Department.
Officers pulled the woman, who was not identified, from a second-floor window.
Marc Vrane, 47, assaulted the woman and refused to let her leave, police said. Officers responded to the house in the 4000 block of Brandon Road around 1:15 p.m and used a ladder from a city fire truck to reach the woman
Vrane barricaded himself inside the home and threatened police multiple times while refusing to come out, according to the Public Safety Department.
SWAT officers entered the house and used tear gas and a K-9 officer to take Vrane into custody without incident around 3:50 p.m.
Vrane was charged with aggravated assault, strangulation, unlawful restraint, terroristic threats and reckless endangerment. Police anticipate filing additional charges after obtaining a search warrant.
The woman was treated at the scene for bruises. Vrane was taken to a local hospital for evaluation before being transported to the Allegheny County Jail.
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