Police in Berlin NJ arrested a man who allegedly barricaded himself inside his house after being involved in a domestic dispute. Moreover, according to law enforcement, all of this occurred while a young child was present in the home.
The scary situation unfolded over the course of several hours, with the Berlin Police Department getting a call about a domestic violence incident just after 10:00 a.m. The person who dialed 911 and contacted police said that the suspect was high on drugs and threatening to hurt himself. Berlin cops, as well as members of the Lower Camden County Regional-Special Response Team, went to the suspect’s residence on Glacier Drive in Berlin, New Jersey.
When the suspect reportedly refused to leave the house and surrender himself to law enforcement, police negotiators were called to the scene. While police negotiators talked to the suspect, authorities evacuated residents from nearby homes. According to authorities, the suspect refused to leave the residence and refused to allow the child to leave the residence.
Negotiations lasted for approximately three hours, with the suspect eventually walking out of the house at approximately 1:00 p.m. After being taken into police custody, the suspect was transported by law enforcement to a crisis center so that he could undergo a mental health evaluation.
Domestic Violence Charges in Camden County, NJ
It is expected that Camden County prosecutors will file criminal charges against the suspect once he has been released from the crisis center. Depending on the exact circumstances of the case and the precise sequence of events leading up to the suspect’s arrest, it is possible that the suspect will face charges for terroristic threats and child endangerment.
Additionally, the suspect could be subject to a restraining order because the event has been classified by law enforcement as a domestic violence incident. Since a restraining order is technically a civil proceeding in NJ, the suspect would have to answer the criminal charges and the restraining order in separate hearings.
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