Man in custody after child held hostage during SWAT situation in Pittsburgh’s Garfield neighborhood

A man is in custody after a child was held hostage in a closet during a SWAT situation at a home in Pittsburgh’s Garfield neighborhood on Thursday.

Emergency crews were called to the 5000 block of Columbo Street at 2:35 p.m.

Police said the suspect, Phillip Hughson, 21, violated a protection from abuse order and entered the home.

The mother of the child came out of the house out of fear for her safety and told police her 4-year-old child was barricaded in a closet with Hughson, who is the father of the child.

After two hours of trying to get him out, SWAT entered the home and took Hughson into custody without force.

The child is safe and unharmed, according to police.

Court paperwork shows Hughson is accused of violating the same PFA order back in August.

Hughson is facing charges of burglary, criminal trespassing and endangering the welfare of children.

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