PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The search continues Wednesday for a suspect wanted for an alleged assault on a female CYF worker.
Police tell KDKA the suspect likely escaped before SWAT officers set up a perimeter around the home on West North Avenue on the North Side.READ MORE: 'The Neighborhood Jewel': Community Fights To Save St. Philip School In Crafton From Closing
KDKA’s Meghan Schiller talked to Maurice Matthews, public information officer with Pittsburgh Bureau of Police.
Police tell me a CYF worker attempted to enter the home at 11:45 AM. The worker and 1 child managed to exit the home, but 1 other child and an adult female did not. @KDKA
— MEGHAN SCHILLER (@MeghanKDKA) June 17, 2020
“A CYF official called 911 after she was assaulted by a male inside while trying to perform her duties,” said Matthews.READ MORE: Pa. Sen. Bob Casey Sponsors Bill To Protect Children From Falling Furniture
A single file line of SWAT officers rushed inside the home while nearby officers posted up with guns drawn. Officers were not sure if the male suspect had any weapons inside the home.
Police say after the alleged assault, the CYF worker escaped the rowhome with a 7-year-old child, but told police that an adult female and 2-year-old were still inside the home with the suspect.
“They (SWAT) called for a female and a 2-year-old and they were escorted outside the house, K-9 and SWAT did go through the house and did not find the male,” said Matthews.
All that — and no suspect. Police believe he might have escaped the home before SWAT established a perimeter.
Police tell KDKA the children are safe tonight, along with the adult female and female CYF worker.
Family members hugged on the sidewalk, while SWAT officers debriefed in the front yard.MORE NEWS: Giant Eagle, Pittsburgh Steelers Hosting COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic At Heinz Field
Pittsburgh Police do not have a name or suspect description to release at this time.