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Girls found safe after Amber Alert

By Ryan Hughes, Reporter, RHughes@wfmz.com
Published On: Aug 30 2013 04:30:11 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 30 2013 05:25:13 PM CDT

Girls found safe after Amber Alert

WEST READING, Pa. -

The Amber Alert is over, and two young sisters from Berks County are safe and sound after being abducted.

Police credited an alert hotel guest, and multiple police agencies for helping track down the suspect.

Hostyn Perez-Corza was arrested Friday morning at the Quality Inn at the Riveredge in Bern Township, Berks County.     

An Amber Alert was issued Thursday night after Perez-Corza, 33, abducted his daughters, Dania Perez, 6, Janeth Perez, 8, from an apartment in West Reading.    

For more than 12 hours, police were desperately trying to find the two young sisters, who were snatched from 555 Chestnut Street in West Reading, said police.   

"He seems like a good father, but when I heard this I was shocked, I don't know what to think," said Jacqueline Figueroa, who lives directly next door.

According to police, Perez-Corza violently assaulted the girls' mother Thursday night.

"A gun was put to her and she was pulled into the house and held. She was able to escape and got to a friend's house and contacted police," said Det. Joe Brown, West Reading Police Department.

Notifications were posted across the country when authorities believed Perez-Corza was headed for North Carolina.  A man from Michigan, staying at the Quality Inn at the Riveredge in Bern Township, spotted the father's car and contacted authorities.

Perez-Corza checked in Thursday night and was staying at the hotel with the girls, said police.

"He was seen walking down the hall with the children," said Brown.

When police made contact in the hotel lobby, the father fought back as his children watched. One officer suffered an injury to his hand as the struggle ensued. Perez Corza was tased and arrested.   

Only 69 News cameras were rolling when the girls walked out of the police station with their mother. So many were thrilled this one did not end in tragedy.

"I'm glad that the girls were found safely you know," said Dee Miskall, who lives a few houses down.

Perez-Corza is in the country illegally from Mexico. The FBI and immigration were notified. He was deported in 2010, and there is an active warrant for him, said police.

 Investigators were still trying to determine an exact motive.