SWAT situation over after 2 arrested for allegedly kidnapping Monroeville woman |

SWAT situation over after 2 arrested for allegedly kidnapping Monroeville woman

Jacob Tierney
SWAT officers along Ladson Street in Pittsburgh’s Larimer neighborhood Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019.

Two men are in custody and police are searching for more suspects after a 40-year-old woman was allegedly abducted from her Monroeville home Monday.

The two men were caught in Pittsburgh after leading police on a short pursuit that ended when their car crashed into a city Department of Public Works truck, said Monroeville police Chief Doug Cole.

The woman was found at an abandoned home on Ladson Street in the city’s Larimer neighborhood. Cole said she had been tied up and restrained but freed herself and got out of the house.

Cole said the kidnapping was not random. The suspected kidnappers tried to extort money by abducting the woman, Cole said.

The woman’s son called Monroeville Police at 8:37 p.m. Monday and said his mother had been abducted from her Shaw Avenue home in the Mellon Plan section of Monroeville, Cole said.

Investigators had reason to believe the woman was taken to Pittsburgh, Cole said.

Monroeville police, Pittsburgh police and the FBI began searching several properties associated with the suspects. SWAT officers were called in and forcibly entered some of the houses searching for the woman and the suspects, Cole said.

A short chase started as officers spotted the men on Frankstown Road and they fled, Cole said. They crashed and were arrested around 1:10 a.m.

The woman was found on Ladson around the same time, Cole said.

Cole would not name the men but said they will be identified after they are arraigned before District Judge Jeffrey Herbst on Tuesday morning.

They will be charged with kidnapping, conspiracy, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and unlawful restraint, with additional charges pending, Cole said.

Police are looking for additional suspects.

Jacob Tierney is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jacob at 724-836-6646, [email protected] or via Twitter @Soolseem.