Police looking for man who held baby hostage in Coitsville home

The Mahoning Valley Crisis Response Team helped retrieve the baby from the house

COITSVILLE TWP., Ohio (WYTV) – Youngstown Police are looking for a man they say abducted his 8-month-old child Friday night. The abduction turned into a standoff in Coitsville overnight.

According to a police report, the baby’s mother was driving the 8-month-old, her other 4-year-old daughter and her cousin to a house on Hawthorne Street in Youngstown.

When they arrived at the house, the cousin got out of the car to pick up a few things from the home. She reportedly did not see 25-year-old suspect Brandon Jones heading toward the car.

The report states Jones shattered the driver’s side window with a chair, opened the door and pushed the mother into the passenger’s seat.

At this time, the report says the 4-year-old was able to escape and run into the Hawthorne Street house.

The mother’s aunt — who asked to not be identified — states in the report that she noticed her front door was open, so as she went to close it she heard a loud noise that sounded like a gunshot.

The aunt then saw the 4-year-old girl on her front porch and brought her inside. She looked in the driveway and said she saw Jones climbing into the car’s front seat.

“Having to hear that pop — not knowing if he had shot her,” the aunt said. “That’s what I thought.”

Jones drove the mother — who, according to family members, is no longer in a relationship with Jones — and their 8-month-old girl to his house on McGuffey Road in Coitsville.

The report says Jones then got out of the car with the baby, threatened to kill the mother if she called the police and ran into the house.

“Basically just took the baby to the house and said he was going to kill himself and the baby if the police came,” said Deja Taylor, the mother’s sister.

The mother then called her aunt back at the Hawthorne Street house. Police were already there, so the aunt gave them the phone to talk with the mother.

Police then went to the McGuffey Road house, along with members of the Mahoning Valley Crisis Response Team.

After negotiating with Jones for at least an hour, someone came out of the house with the baby, who was uninjured and is now safe with her mother. No one else was injured.

After several more hours, the crisis team went into the house but did not find Jones. Police are still looking for him.

The baby’s mother said he was wearing a blue or black coat with a red hoodie underneath and had a black ski mask over his face, according to the report.

“We don’t hate him,” the aunt said. “We just want him to get some help and we want justice to be served.”

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