Thursday, February 11, 2016

Police: Knife-wielding South Jersey man surrenders after three-hour barricade

Gloucester Township Police Department

A Camden man surrendered to police Saturday after allegedly barricading himself and his ex-girlfriend inside a Gloucester Township apartment for three hours.

Police said the incident touched off shortly before 7:30 a.m. inside a third-floor unit of the Autumn Ridge Apartments in Blackwood.

Officers responding to a report of a disturbance found 30-year-old Andre Andujar threatening his ex-girlfriend with a knife while refusing to let her out of the apartment, according to investigators.

Andujar, who was wanted on a $50,000 failure to appear warrant, allegedly barricaded the front door with furniture while retreating further inside.

Police crisis negotiation and special response teams descended on the property, evacuating six nearby apartments as a safety precaution.

Police said Andujar, during negotiations with investigators, said several times that he’d let the woman go but initially failed to do so.

At one point, officers were able to crack open the front door and the woman attempted to escape, but Andujar allegedly grabbed her and dragged her back inside.

Andujar released the woman unharmed after about three hours of negotiations, police said. He surrendered several minutes later to officers waiting outside.

Andujar, of the unit block of East 11th Street in Camden, was taken to Kennedy University Hospital in Cherry Hill for clearance, police said. He is charged with criminal restraint, aggravated assault, violation of a final restraining order, obstruction of justice and weapons offenses.

Contact Alex Wigglesworth at 215-854-2305 or Follow @phila_lex on Twitter.

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