Jamesburg Standoff Ends Peacefully

June 11, 2020

JAMESBURG, NJ (MIDDLESEX)–Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Christopher L.C. Kuberiet and Chief James J. Craparotta of the Jamesburg Police Department said authorities successfully resolved a potentially dangerous situation by taking into custody a juvenile barricaded in a home earlier today.

A 15-year old juvenile was taken into custody without incident. The juvenile is charged with making terroristic threats in the second degree and criminal trespass in the fourth degree.

 At approximately 11:18 am 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 made recent threats to commit crimes of violence and to kill. The juvenile who was not authorized to be in the home was  commanded by police to exit, but the juvenile failed to comply.

 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.

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

 No one was injured during the incident this afternoon.

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

Acting Prosecutor Kuberiet thanks the professional response of the SORT and the Jamesburg Police Department.

As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against the juvenile are merely accusations and the juvenile is presumed innocent until proven guilty.