2005-04-22 / Community

Barricaded EDP Threatens Edgemere Neighborhood

By Howard Schwach


A member of the NYPD’s Hostage Negotiation Team speaks with a relative of the man who barricaded himself in a gas-filled home on Lewmay Road on Wednesday night.A member of the NYPD’s Hostage Negotiation Team speaks with a relative of the man who barricaded himself in a gas-filled home on Lewmay Road on Wednesday night. An unidentified emotionally-disturbed man held a neighborhood hostage on Wednesday evening when he filled his Lewmay Road home with gas and threatened to blow it up, police sources say.

At approximately 7:30 p.m., police responded to a call for an emotionally disturbed person at 31-07 Lewmay Road in Edgemere, just south of Seagirt Boulevard at Beach 31 Street.

Police units responding to the call immediately noticed the strong smell of gas in the area.

The unidentified man refused to allow police entry to his apartment and told them that he was going to blow up the neighborhood.

Police officials at the scene were unsure as to whether any other people were in the apartment with the man and called for the fire department to cut off the gas and for other specialized NYPD units – aviation, emergency services to take downs the door and hostage negotiation.

FDNY units cut off the gas supply to the apartment.

Aviation units flew overhead to insure that the man, who reportedly had a previous gun arrest, did not escape over the roofs.

After a standoff that lasted for more than an hour, emergency service cops took down the door and the man was arrested without incident.

He was taken to the Peninsula Hospital Center for observation and testing.

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