Pike Township man accused of holding 3 hostage in house

TOWANDA – Eugene H. Moore, 53, of 157 Augusta Road, Pike Township, has been charged after he allegedly held three people hostage at gunpoint Friday.

According to state police, Howard held a 58-year-old woman, a 37-year-old man, both listed as residents at the same address as Moore, and a 20-year-old female of Towanda, hostage in the home, did not allow them to leave, and threatened to kill them and himself.

Police said Moore blamed them for his marital problems.

Police were able to free the three victims through a bedroom window while Moore was in the kitchen of the home.

Moore then came out onto the back porch, holding a shotgun, and was commanded by police to drop the gun, but instead he retreated back into the residence, police said.

He then came back out without the gun and walked off the porch, where he complied with police commands to lie down on the ground.

Police said while in custody he physically resisted them, and police found multiple rounds of ammunition on his person and a loaded shotgun a short distance away.

Moore was charged with making terroristic threats, unlawful restraint, false imprisonment, reckless endangerment, resisting arrest and harassment.

He was arraigned before District Judge Jonathan Wilcox and jailed at the Bradford County Correctional Facility in lieu of $150,000 bail.

His preliminary hearing was set for today.