ASBURY PARK – A knife-wielding man who barricaded himself in a room at the Delmonte Hotel has been charged with several criminal offenses after initiating a confrontation with police, authorities say.
Gregory Letizia, 35, of Asbury Park, is charged with aggravated assault, terroristic threats, unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and biased intimidation, said Police Sgt. police. Michael Casey, ministry spokesperson.
The incident began at 3:14 p.m. Friday, when police were called to the First Avenue hotel for reports of a possibly intoxicated man behaving belligerently and threatening another person with a knife, Casey said .
The victim and several other witnesses at the scene reported the threats to police, he said.
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When police arrived, they went to Letizia’s room and made contact with him through the locked door, the captain said.
When the officers failed to persuade him to leave the room, the Monmouth County Emergency Response Team (MOCERT), members of the Monmouth County Rapid Deployment Force (RDF) and Additional officers from the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office were called to assist, he said. .
Shortly after their arrival, Letizia was taken into custody without further incident. He was transferred to a local hospital for medical evaluation before being treated at Asbury Park Police Headquarters and then to the Monmouth County Jail in Freehold Township, Casey said.
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