Deputies search for barricaded suspect who held baby hostage

- Orange County Sheriffs deputies are looking for a man who escaped his home after an hours-long standoff with deputies, in which he held an 8-month old baby hostage. 

11-year-old Kendrick Jarrad Anderson barricaded himself inside his home near India Hill road and Powers drive, Sunday, after a domestic disputes with his girlfriend around 4 p.m. According to deputies, shots were fired but did not hit anyone. A woman and her grandmother called 911 and deputies escorted them away from the home, where Anderson was holed up with an 8-month-old child. According to deputies, Anderson did not make any threats toward the child.

SWAT teams responded to the incident, where they entered the home and retrieved the child, and made contact with Anderson around 9:30 p.m.. About an hour later, deputies ceased making contact with Anderson and SWAT breached the home and found Anderson is missing.

Master Deputy Ingrid Tejada-Monforte with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said that “they were able to breach the door, go inside, retrieve the child safely. When the SWAT team went inside the house to check the house and make contact with the individual he was already gone.”

Allen Cook said he saw the SWAT team last night. “They kept telling him to come out so I figured they got him. I went inside and came back out and they were still asking him to come out.” Cook said he also heard loud booms. “I heard about 6 or 7 of them… All I heard was boom, boom, boom.”

There is an active warrant for Anderson for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Deputies say Anderson is armed and dangerous. If you see him, do not approach him and call the Orange County Sheriffs Office immediately. You can also call Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS.

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