Trenton Hostage Standoff Continues Through 2nd Day [VIDEO]
Police say an armed man with multiple hostages remains barricaded inside a Trenton home in a standoff that has lasted 2 days.
State police Lt. Stephen Jones called the standoff an “ongoing, tense situation” and said police were working to “bring this to a peaceful end” and asking everyone to be patient.
The standoff showed no signs of ending on Saturday night. Police say they do not expect any change though the night.
Family members of a woman they said was among the hostages grew angry as the standoff continued. Late Saturday afternoon, some of them went under police tape and briefly confronted officers about the situation. “Do something! Do something!” screamed a man who said he was the woman’s nephew. “Make something happen!”
Two white dogs were also taken from the home according to the Trentonian.
Negotiations between the man known to neighbors as “Skip” accoridng to WPVI TV and police resumed early Saturday morning.
The building was lit by a search light all night as heavy rain moved through Trenton according to the Times of Trenton.
Trenton Police Lt. Stephen Varn said a man has been holed up in a house in South Trenton since late Friday afternoon with “multiple hostages.” WPVI TV reports that 3 children are being held inside the Grand Street apartment. The man’s girlfriend and one of her children are believed to have to be killed by the man.
One of the hostages, an autistic teenager, was able to escape according to WPVI TV.
A cousin to the woman killed in the standoff, Ray Kelly, tells the Times of Trenton she had been living in the home in Trenton’s South Ward for about 2 months. She has two daughters age 14 and 17 and a 4-year-old boy.
Earlier, authorities said police were called to the home for a “welfare check” mid-afternoon Friday on reports of a barricaded suspect.
Authorities say police entered the home and found the man brandishing a gun. The police retreated from the home and a perimeter was established around the home. A SWAT team was called in as was the FBI
Homes on the surrounding block have been evacuated as a precaution.
Photos & video courtesy Brian McCarthy, On Scene News
The Associated Press contributed to this story.