ASHLEY — A reported abduction at gunpoint in Wilkes-Barre drew police from several departments to a residence in Ashley on Wednesday afternoon.
Wilkes-Barre police received a report that an adult was abducted at gunpoint in the area of North and North Washington streets by a man driving an older model Oldsmobile sedan at about 12:30 p.m.
The registration plate led police to 11 Hazleton St. in Ashley.
Police from Ashley and Sugar Notch assisted city police in searching the residence and the Oldsmobile that was parked in front of the double-block house.
After searching the property for about 30 minutes, six city police officers, a detective and Commander Joseph Coffay left while two city police officers remained at the scene. No one was seen in custody at the residence.
Sugar Notch Police Chief Jeremy Talanca told reporters the incident was reported as a possible kidnapping involving a firearm in Wilkes-Barre that was traced to the residence on Hazleton Street. Talanca said no children were involved in the incident.
Talanca said city police are expected to review recordings by surveillance cameras at a store. He did not name the store in Wilkes-Barre.
Talanca said police were at the residence looking for witnesses and evidence related to the reported kidnapping.
Marita Miklosi, who lives at 9 Hazleton St. with her boyfriend and children, said she looked out her window and noticed police cruisers and officers brandishing firearms.
“When I came down, there were two or three officers with guns out,” Miklosi said. “It’s a little scary. We have kids and wanted to know what was going on. They told us to stay in the house.”
Miklosi said she moved into her apartment about a month ago and doesn’t know who resides at 11 Hazleton St.