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Update: 2 Pa. girls found after Amber Alert issued

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An Amber Alert issued Thursday night has been lifted after police found the two young girls in a hotel Friday morning.

State Police issued the alert after Dania Perez, 6, and Janeth Perez, 8, were abducted from their home in West Reading.

Officers at the West Reading Police Department say they received a call for domestic abuse at approximately 10:47 p.m. Thursday.

After speaking with the mother, authorities learned the mother of the girls went to a house in West Reading around 9 p.m. Thursday to pick them up. Police say the father, 23-year-old Hostyn Perez-Corza put a gun to her and brought her into the house.

The mother says she was able to escape from the house and contacted police.

When officials arrived at the home no one responded. Authorities received a search warrant and found that no one was home.

Pennsylvania State Police put out an Amber Alert early Friday morning. Authorities say the Amber Alert led to a tip that helped save the children.

At 8:45 a.m. Friday a hotel patron at the Quality Inn Suites contacted Bern Township Police saying a vehicle was at the hotel that matched the description in the Amber Alert. 

Officers were able to verify the vehicle and discovered the suspect had booked a room there overnight while officials say he was actively searching for the children's mother to kill her.

Police approached Perez-Corza as he was attempting to check out in the hotel lobby. He resisted arrest but was eventually subdued. During the altercation one officer received minor injuries. 

The girls were taken into police custody and are now with their mother. 

Authorities say Perez-Corza is from Mexico. He was deported in 2010 for unknown reasons and then made his way back to the United States. 

He will be arraigned later this afternoon. If he is found guilty he will serve his sentence in the United States and will then be deported. 

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