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Woman possibly abducted during home invasion in Upper Saucon, police say

Man who owns home tied up, threatened with gun, police say

Home invaded, woman possibly kidnapped

UPPER SAUCON TWP., Pa. - Police are looking for a woman who they said was possibly abducted during a home invasion in Lehigh County.

Upper Saucon Township officers were dispatched around 11 a.m. Wednesday to the 5400 block of Boulevard Grand Cru, which is in the Epernay subdivision.

"There was a knock on the door and he [the homeowner] opened the door," said Chief Robert Coyle, Upper Saucon police. "There was a female at the door asking for a party they believed to be inside the residence."

The woman, Coyle said, then entered the home, followed by three other people.

"They tied him up and placed a gun to his head and proceeded to steal items from the residence, in addition to stealing his Mercedes car," Coyle said, who described the car as a silver E350 sedan with PA license plate GLR-1343.

"They advised him to not look at him, so he just kept his head straight ahead," said Coyle, who said the homeowner is in his 70s and was not hurt.

A woman believed by police to be upstairs at the time the intruders entered the home is now missing. According to Coyle, the homeowner said the woman was transcribing a book he is writing.

"We're still investigating that she may have possibly been abducted by these individuals," said Coyle, who declined to reveal either the woman's name or that of the homeowner.

According to Lehigh County property records, the home is owned by the Russell W. Yurchak Irrevocable Trust.

Dan Marakovits, the owner of M&M Lawn Service, said he saw a car which he thinks was a black Mazda with at least three people inside.

"I had to move the pickup truck for them to get through, so I did that and I didn't even watch where they were going because I didn't think anything of it," he said.

Marakovits said about 15 to 20 minutes later an elderly man in a gray Mercedes convertible pulled up.

"Struck up a conversation, I shook his hand, he drove off. Little did I know in five minutes he was going to be robbed, possibly tied up and his car would be stolen," he said.

Marakovits said his colleague saw the Mercedes and the dark colored car leave in a hurry.

He said, "Never did we think there would be a robbery maybe three, 400 yards away from where we were working."

An ambulance was called to the house around 9:20 p.m. Wednesday for a report of a male feeling dizzy. Police and paramedics left the house around 9:45 p.m.

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