HOPATCONG BOROUGH, NJ (Sussex County) – A 7-hour-long standoff in Hopatcong ended peacefully Wednesday morning after the suspect surrendered.
The standoff began on Tuesday at 7:55 p.m. when police responded to a residence on Lakeside Blvd after receiving a report that Robert J. Collins allegedly made a threat of shooting someone with a stolen handgun, police said.
When Hopatcong officers arrived at the home, Collins refused to come out or speak with the officers, police said.
The New Jersey State Police Teams Unit responded and attempted to negotiate with Collins for him to surrender. He refused to cooperate and then a mechanical robot was sent in to make contact, police said.
Collins responded by allegedly striking the robot multiple times with a pry bar, police said.
After 7-hours being barricaded in his home, Collins finally agreed to come out of his residence at which point he was taken into custody, police said.
Collins residence was searched which revealed three stolen handguns and the pry bar, police sais.
Collins was charged with terroristic threats, theft of a firearm, possession of a firearm for an unlawful purpose, certain persons who shall not possess a firearm, and criminal mischief. He was lodged at that Sussex County Jail.
Assisting Hopatcong police were the New Jersey State Police, the Sussex County Prosecutors Office, Byram Police Department, Stanhope Police Department, and Roxbury Police Department.