FARRELL, Pa. (WYTV) – A suspect in an early-morning kidnapping attempt in Youngstown was later arrested after a brief standoff at a home on Wallis Avenue in Farrell.
Anthony Harris, 26, was wanted on two counts of kidnapping and a misdemeanor domestic violence charge after an incident with the mother of his 1-year-old daughter.
The kidnapping attempt happened around 2:15 a.m. Friday at a Tyrell Avenue apartment on the west side of Youngstown.
The charges were filed early Friday afternoon in municipal court.
Reports said police were first called to the apartment in Youngstown around 9:15 p.m. Thursday, where Harris broke a window and beat the mother of his child, who was staying with her sister after arguing with Harris earlier in the day. When police arrived to take a report, Harris was no longer there.
According to the police report, Harris later returned around 2:15 a.m. and was accused of taking the baby and dragging the woman from the area. The victim’s sister reported that she took her own son down the hall to get him out of harm’s way and when she returned, her sister’s vehicle was gone.
Police were able to track the car using cell phone data to South Oakland Avenue in Farrell and later to the 1100 block of Wallis Avenue, but no one was inside the car. Police found blood in the car, reports said. Farrell police towed it to hold for Youngstown detectives for evidence.
Around 1 p.m., police had the road blocked off and were working to secure the house. Then around 3 p.m., the Mercer County Crisis Intervention Team was able to get Harris out of the home.
Police would not say if the woman and child were found inside the house.
Harris was then taken to the Mercer County District Court in Farrell, where he told the judge he had multiple addresses in Farrell and Youngstown. The judge told Harris his charges were serious as there was also a weapon involved.
One officer testified that a victim in the incident was hospitalized, though the officer did not say who that victim was.
Harris is now in the Mercer County Jail on a $250,000 bond.