Man takes daughter hostage during SWAT standoff

Man takes daughter hostage during SWAT standoff

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by WCNC.com Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on March 26, 2013 at 5:20 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 1 at 10:22 AM

GASTONIA, N.C. -- A standoff with SWAT in Gastonia ended with one man in the hospital Tuesday afternoon.

Authorities in Gastonia were involved in a standoff with 51-year-old Harold Phillips at his mobile home off Snowshoe Court for about three hours midday on Tuesday.

Officials evacuated homes nearby the incident so a SWAT unit could take Phillips out of the home.

Authorities said they received a call around 9 a.m. about a man in a mobile home making threats about harming himself.

When authorities arrived on scene, the man barricaded himself and his 33-year-old daughter in the mobile home, but eventually let her go, police said.  

The daughter, Jessica Aguilar, told NBC Charlotte she was not worried about her father hurting her.

There was one hostage, the suspect's daughter. Jessica Aguilar told NBC Charlotte that she was not worried about her father hurting her.

"He was crying and he gave me a hug and he apologized and he told me nothing like that would ever happen again," said Aguilar.

That doesn't mean that she didn't want out of the residence; Phillips' behavior made her uncomfortable.

"When I walked out the door he was spurting gas from my back bedroom, he said he was going to burn the trailer up, I don't want to incriminate my Dad, I love him, he had a knife to his chest and I had to get out of there," she said.
 

At one point, officials say the man threatened to use gasoline as a weapon.

Shortly thereafter, SWAT was able to take the man out of the home before he harmed himself, and then transported to a nearby hospital.

Phillips is charged with second degree kidnapping.

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