Woman and 3 toddlers, ages 1 to 3, held hostage by man with machete in Northshore

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019
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Sheriff Ed Gonzalez says the man also started a fire inside the home before walking out.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A woman and three toddlers were rescued from a home in Northshore where they were being held hostage by a man with a machete.

It happened in the 5700 block of Graycliff Drive, in the Pine Trails neighborhood near Uvalde & Wallisville Rd. shortly after 7 p.m. Monday.

Investigators say the armed man was inside the home with a woman and three toddlers, ranging in ages from one to three.

A Harris County SWAT team was able to rescue them after a few hours.

Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said the man later came out on his own and was taken into custody.

Gonzalez says it appeared the man started a fire before he walked out.

Firefighters responded to the scene and were able to put out the fire.