Barricaded Man Safely Removed
Residents and passersby gathered across from the building as dozens of officers, including those from the NYPD’s Emergency Service Unit, Technical Assistance Response Unit and Hostage Negotiation Team, were deployed to the scene after the initial report at 2 p.m.
Inside the building a highly agitated white, male resident had barricaded himself in his eighth floor apartment.
NYPD sources confirmed there was only one person in the apartment and this was not a hostage situation.
They clarified that hostage negotiation officers are often called in to attempt to peacefully talk the person out.
At the same time within the building a dozen heavily equipped ESU officers in helmets and armored vests stood ready with special equipment to batter down the door if necessary.
Just before 4 p.m. a police negotiator entered the building.
A short time later he was able to gain entry to the apartment and the person was taken into custody without incident.
The man, whose hands were secured behind his back, was removed through the building’s front entrance. Wearing a maroon polo shirt, blue shorts and barefoot, he appeared to be disoriented.
He was taken by FDNY ambulance to St. John’s Hospital for examination and observation.
According to police, once the situation was resolved all units were able to leave the area by 5 p.m.