Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Christopher L.C. Kuberiet said authorities successfully resolved a potentially dangerous situation by taking into custody a juvenile barricaded in a home earlier today.
According to a statement released by Prosecutor Kuberiet, a 15-year old juvenile was taken into custody without incident. The minor is charged with making terroristic threats in the second degree and criminal trespass in the fourth degree.
Prosecutor Kuberiet said the incident happened at approximately 11:18 am, where law enforcement officers from the Jamesburg Police Department responded to a home on Pergola Avenue regarding the presence of an intruder.
According to Prosecutor Kuberiet, the intruder was ultimately identified as a juvenile who had made recent threats to commit crimes of violence and to kill.
The suspect, who was not authorized to be in the home, was commanded by police to exit, but he failed to comply Prosecutor Kuberiet said.
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 Prosecutor Kuberiet.
Through the use of the SORT negotiator, the juvenile ultimately surrendered peacefully at approximately 4:49 pm. The youth was arrested and remain 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.