Philadelphia Hostage $80,000 Ransom Standoff Ends 3 people arrested
BRISTOL TWP., Pa. – April 23, 2013 (WPVI) — Three people are now under arrest, accused of terrorizing a Bucks County family for several hours.
According to Bristol Township Police, Orlando McNeil, Daesean Smith and Dennis Redding held four adults and three children hostage at gunpoint for a ransom – allegedly duct taping the victims and forcing some to strip.
Authorities say the armed men broke into a residence at Levittown Trace Apartments Sunday night.
Then around 10:00 a.m. Monday, the trio allegedly forced one of the victims to go to a PNC Bank in Bristol Borough to withdraw $80,000.
Action News is told the victim recently received a cash life insurance award after his mother died.
While at the bank, the victim told a teller his friends and family were being held hostage.
The bank employee gave the victim $1,500 and then alerted the police.
All three suspects were eventually caught after a foot chase from the apartment.
Police have obtained surveillance video that illustrated how the men gained access to the premises.
Police say none of the victims was seriously hurt.