Standoff with juvenile in Jamesburg ends peacefully after three hours


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Authorities resolved a potentially dangerous situation by taking into custody a juvenile barricaded in a Jamesburg home on June 11.

The 15-year-old is charged with making terroristic threats in the second degree and criminal trespass in the fourth degree, according to information provided by Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Christopher L.C. Kuberiet and Chief James J. Craparotta of the Jamesburg Police Department.

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At approximately 11:18 a.m., law enforcement officers from the Jamesburg Police Department responded to a home on Pergola Avenue regarding the presence of an intruder. The intruder was ultimately identified as a juvenile who had reportedly made recent threats to commit crimes of violence and to kill. The juvenile, who was not authorized to be in the home, was allegedly commanded by police to exit, but the juvenile reportedly failed to comply, according to the statement.

Subsequently, the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office Special Operations Response Team (SORT) was dispatched to the residence after they were alerted of the previous threats made by the juvenile and his failure to comply with the direction of the law enforcement authorities on the scene. SORT utilized numerous means of de-escalation over the course of three hours which included the use of a crisis negotiator, according to the statement.

Through the use of the SORT negotiator the juvenile ultimately surrendered peacefully at approximately 4:49 p.m. The juvenile was taken into and remains in the custody of juvenile authorities.

No one was injured during the incident.

The investigation is active and is being pursued by Detective Sgt. Jason Muller of the Jamesburg Police Department.

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