Two West Reading, Berks County girls, who were the subject of an Amber Alert, are now home safe with their mother.
West Reading police say Hostin Perez-Corza, 23, took off with his two daughters, Janeth, 8, and Dania, 6, after holding a gun their mother and threatening her life around 9 p.m. Thursday.
“She was able to escape and subsequently got to a friend’s house and contacted the police,” said Det. Joe Brown of the West Reading Police Department.
When officers arrived at the family’s apartment on the 500 block of Chestnut Street, Perez-Corza and the girls were gone.
Police issued an Amber Alert for Janeth and Dania overnight Thursday.
The break in the case came Friday morning. A man staying at the Quality Inn on Bernville Road in Bern Township spotted the car described in the Amber Alert around 8:45 a.m. and flagged down an officer.
Perez-Corza struggled with officers in the lobby before he was hit with a taser and arrested.
The girls were not hurt.
“Both the civilian that interceded and the police officer checking the hotel locks led to a great conclusion to this, faster than I expected and everything came together and it all worked out,” Det. Brown said.
Neighbors like Tina Koch, whose granddaughter played with the Perez girls often, were relieved to hear police found the girls safe.
“[My granddaughter's] concern was for the girls, that they might be scared,” Koch said. “And what we did was that we actually said a little prayer for them that they would be returned safely.”
In addition to charges related to the incident, Perez-Corza is also facing charges for being in the country illegally from Mexico. Investigators say he was deported in 2010 and they aren’t sure when he crossed back into the U.S.