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Hostage got away, police searching for suspect who prompted SWAT callout in West End

Posted at 9:38 PM, Jul 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-12 00:49:56-04

CINCINNATI — Police are still searching for a kidnapping suspect who took a hostage and fired a shot at the victim, precipitating a SWAT callout to a West End apartment building Thursday night.

The victim got away shortly after the incident started about 9:30 p.m. at the Stanley Rowe Towers near Liberty and Poplar streets. Residents were seen returning to their apartments about 11:25 p.m.

Police identified the suspect as 45-year-old Curtis Scott. They said Scott would be charged with kidnapping and felonious assault. Scott had an open felony warrant for having weapons under disability, according to police.

They said the hostage's condition was “nothing too serious."

Police on the scene told WCPO they responded to a call about a hostage situation with a shot fired. When police got there, the victim had gotten away and a officer saw the suspect in a stairwell.

That's when the SWAT team was called.

Police believed the suspect barricaded himself in an apartment. Officers carrying weapons were seen running across the outdoor walkways and shining lights into windows.

At one point, officers used a megaphone to try to coax the subject out of the building, saying, “Come out. You have nowhere to go.”