Knife Wielding Man Barricades Self in Pel Bay Apartment, Cops Say

Bronx Man has Stand-off with NYPD

By David Greene

A small army of police, fire officials and paramedics closed off Middletown Road at Crosby Avenue in Pelham Bay, after an emotionally disturbed individual, reportedly brandishing a knife– held cops at bay for more than an hour.

Members of the NYPD’s Emergency Services Unit (ESU) deploy one of two air-bags after a man with a knife held police at bay for over an hour.–Photo by Edwin Soto

At just before 11 a.m., on Thursday, June 27, police were called to a disturbance in a second-floor apartment at 3004 Middletown Road. Police took their time, not knowing if the individual had a hostage inside the apartment or not.

Members of the NYPD’s Emergency Services Unit (ESU) deployed a pair of air-bags, in case the man attempted to jump from an apartment window. Members of the NYPD’s Technical Assistance Response Unit (TARU) used a drone to look inside the apartment’s windows.

One employee from Amber Nails across the street, stated, “They said some guy locked himself in the apartment with a knife or something.”

The individual is strapped to a gurney and taken away for evaluation as an unidentified woman is consoled by another woman and police.–Photo by Edwin Soto

Offering few details, police reported that the man was taken into custody at 12:24 p.m., without incident and no injuries were reported. The man was transported to a local hospital for psychological evaluation.

An employee of the 3-D Imaging Services who operates one of the two storefronts on the ground floor, claimed they were not open at the time of the incident and did not know the individual. A person answering the phone at the Allied Mortgauge Group, the second storefront business at the location, declined to speak on the matter. 

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