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Standoff with Hackettstown police ends with 2 arrested

HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) – A welfare check in Hackettstown Wednesday night led to a barricaded suspect, the deployment of the Warren County Tactical Team, and resulted in two arrests.

On May 4, at around 11:20 p.m., the Hackettstown Police responded to a residence on the 300 block of Washington St for a welfare check, police said.

Upon arrival, officers spoke with the 66-year-old female resident. While officers were speaking with her, a 35-year-old male resident walked onto the porch roof from the second-floor window waving a tire iron and a smaller handled object and began yelling at the officers, police said.

He then threw several items at the responding officers and would not leave the residence. He then went to the third-floor and blocked the stairwell. At that time, the Warren County Tactical Team was requested to respond, police said.

The female was asked to cooperate but refused to comply, police said.

The male then began to throw glass and other household items out the third-floor window towards the officers and police vehicles. The Warren County Tactical Team arrived and attempts to negotiate with the man were ineffective, police said.

The female resisted staying away from the residence and was argumentative and yelling, police said.

The tactical team made entry into the house and the man was taken into custody at around 2:38 a.m., police said.

The male was charged with aggravated assault on law enforcement, criminal mischief, disorderly conduct and hindering apprehension. He was released pending a court appearance and was transported to Hackettstown Medical Center, police said.

The female was charged with obstructing administration of law and released pending a court appearance, police said.

Assisting at the scene was the Hackettstown First Aid and Rescue Squad, Mansfield Township Police Department, Independence Township Police Department, the Hackettstown Department of public Works, and the Warren County Communications Center.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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