Cops Flush Out Barricaded EDP
An emotionally disturbed Rockaway Park man, facing an impending court date on charges of assault and criminal possession of a weapon, held police officers, who believed that he was holding a hostage at gunpoint, at bay for more than an hour on Monday night, police say.
Relatives told police that Kevin Williams, 43, of 120-09 Rockaway Beach Boulevard was facing a hearing on Tuesday, January 13 in Queens Criminal Court, and had vowed that he would commit suicide before going to court again. They said that he had severe bouts of substance abuse and had been despondent over his court date.
Police were told that Williams was suicidal and had locked himself and a woman, later identified as Susanne Trotta, 32, into the house. They said they believed that he had a gun.
Police officers from the 100 Precinct and the Emergency Service Unit surrounded the Rockaway Beach Boulevard home while Williams' brother spoke to him by telephone, urging him to give up to police.
After an hour of talking to relatives and the NYPD's hostage negotiator, Williams exited the house without a struggle and was taken into custody.
Williams was arrested in November of last year after he accidentally shot a friend, Steven Long, in the chest while Williams was showing off his automatic handgun.
Long told police at the time that he had been invited to come with Williams to the oceanfront at Beach 130 Street to see him shoot his gun.
Williams began to shoot the gun, court records show, hitting Long in the torso and breaking a couple of his ribs. Williams was arrested and charged with criminal possession of a weapon, assault and reckless endangerment.
His court date on that case was set for January 13, the day after he barricaded himself in his home.
Police sources say that the impending court date was the genesis of the Monday night action.
No weapons or drugs were found in the Rockaway Beach Boulevard house on Monday evening, but Trotta was found hiding in a closet. She told police that she was not a hostage and was in the home on her own volition, and refused medical attention.
Williams was transported to St. John's Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway for a psychiatric evaluation and was admitted to the facility, police say.