Police rescue woman, child in hostage drama

The po­lice were called in by oth­er rel­a­tives and of­fi­cers from SORT, the North­ern Di­vi­sion Task Force and the Guard and Emer­gency Branch re­spond­ed to the tense sit­u­a­tion.

The po­lice ser­vice in a state­ment said, “af­ter two hours of tac­ti­cal ne­go­ti­a­tions, led by a Spe­cial Branch ne­go­tia­tor, the vic­tims were re­leased un­harmed in­to the care of po­lice of­fi­cers.”

Re­ports reach­ing Guardian Me­dia said the of­fi­cers called out to the oc­cu­pants of the house, when they did not ex­it, the of­fi­cers used a sledge­ham­mer and axe to break down a door to the house for them to en­ter to res­cue the moth­er and girl.

Both the woman and her daugh­ter were said to be vis­i­bly shak­en by the ter­ri­fy­ing or­deal.

The woman and girl, whose ages and names have not been re­leased, were tak­en to the Ari­ma Dis­trict Hos­pi­tal and checked out.

Po­lice said no phys­i­cal harm was in­flict­ed on the two, but they were “high­ly trau­ma­tised” and will have to un­der­go coun­selling.

The 34 year-old sus­pect, who is said to be men­tal­ly un­sta­ble, sur­ren­dered to of­fi­cers with­out in­ci­dent. He was ar­rest­ed by of­fi­cers and he too was tak­en to the same hos­pi­tal for treat­ment.

Of­fi­cers said he will be sent to the St Ann’s Psy­chi­atric Hos­pi­tal for as­sess­ment and treat­ment if need­ed.

It was not clear if this was the first time the man act­ed in such a hos­tile man­ner to­wards his own wife and daugh­ter.

The res­cue mis­sion was led by Sgt. Mark Her­nan­dez of SORT, and su­per­vised by Snr. Supt. Cur­tis Paul and ASP Ni­am Gyan of the North­ern Di­vi­sion.