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September 19, 2015

Barricade situation in domestic dispute ends, suspect and victim at large

Officials say armed man locked ex-boyfriend in closet

Philadelphia police and a SWAT team responded to the scene of a domestic dispute Saturday afternoon in which an armed man locked his ex-boyfriend in a closet following a breakup.

Authorities say the situation stemmed from an argument between a 27-year-old man and his 23-year-old boyfriend, NBC 10 reports.

At around 2:45 p.m., after the breakup, the armed 23-year-old man reportedly went to the home of his 27-year-old ex on the 3700 block of North 16th Street.

Officials say the 27-year-old was locked inside the closet and initially could not be reached by police.

A SWAT team was sent to the scene to set up a staging area and residents on the second and third floor of the property were evacuated.

Shortly after 4 p.m., police were able to enter the home, but found neither the suspect nor the victim inside.

Both the suspect and the victim remain at large. 

Check back for updates on this developing story.