A man in Oldham, Manchester has barricaded himself and one hostage inside a house, just hours after posting a chilling threat on Facebook. The self-proclaimed “mercenary” and “soldier of fortune” posted that he was going to watch his girlfriend “sleep” and then “kill” her, hours before he broke into her home.
The deranged individual has been identified as Marc Schofield. Reports of a domestic altercation came in at around 1:00 a.m. this morning. When police arrived on the scene they diffused the situation and removed Schofield from the location. Lisa Hurley then locked her doors and turned in, but her boyfriend wasn’t finished with the violence.
More reports surfaced around 3:15 a.m. A neighbor said that a man with a gun was trying to get into the house. It was discovered that Schofield had broken in and locked himself inside the property along with his girlfriend Lisa Hurley and her two children, ages one and six.
Police believe that Schofield climbed to the window using a ladder and broke the glass to enter the home. Now they have surrounded the building and are waiting for the man to surrender.
Hurley’s brother Rick, who is present at the siege, described his sister as a “dedicated mum.” As soon as emergency crews arrived, they contacted Schofield, who has maintained communications with them the entire time.
Before 6:00 a.m. this morning, he released the baby. The older boy was also freed, but Hurley remains inside and her condition is unknown. The eldest child Charlie was taken to the hospital for treatment to a cut on his head and he said his mother “looks like a zombie” and “is covered in blood.”
Rick Hurley told investigators that his sister had been seeing Schofield for approximately 12 months, in an on/off relationship, against her family’s advice.
After being removed from the property earlier this morning, Schofield posted the chilling Facebook threat. Apparently, the two had been joking about killing each other two days before the hostage situation.
Schofield posted a photograph of her and they shared a joke about “murder.” He wrote, “breathtaking” and in the comments area joked that Hurley was ‘borderline rapable [sic]’.
Hurley replied that she would be getting “life when I murder you,” and he said “sounds like a good night to me.”
In addition to surrounding the building, authorities have cut the gas service to the entire area. They received reports early of gas odors, so rather than risk the neighborhood going up in flames, they have evacuated about 200 people and have warned residents not to return to the area until the situation has been resolved.
Speaking at the scene, Chief Superintendent Neil Evans from the Greater Manchester Police confirmed that they “were called to reports of a man breaking into a property armed with a handgun.”
“Officers attended and very quickly withdrew when they were faced with a man with a handgun,” he said.
Evens also said that reports of gas, from a possible attempt by Schofield to blow up the house, caused authorities to take the precaution of cutting the line to the neighborhood.
Ten hours before the standoff began, Schofield changed the status on his Facebook account to say, “Truth comes out. F**k you all.” This was after he posted the warning to Hurley, writing, “Might scare you this, but I’m gonna watch you sleep then kill you. (I’m) not even joking hahaha.”
Four National Grid vehicles arrived on the scene with gas engineers. There are also dozens of police cars, along with emergency fire and medical personnel preparing for the worst. The building has been surrounded and everyone is praying that Schofield will stand down.
Police investigators will be looking into the original disturbance call, trying to discover why officials released Schofield in the first place, that night.
The armed siege has been going on for over 12 hours. It’s unclear exactly what the kidnapper wants from his girlfriend or police, but Hurley’s family is extremely terrified. Right now, family members are taking care of Hurley’s children.
Hopefully, the situation will be diffused without bloodshed. Evens said, “It’s clearly a serious situation which we want to bring to a conclusion as quickly as possible.”