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Nine-hour Standoff in Middletown Results in Charges for Barricaded Suspect

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MIDDLETOWN, NJ — A nine-hour standoff with a man who barricaded himself in his Middletown home on June 27 ended through successful negotiations with law enforcement and without injury, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.

James P. Guiney, 39, of Kimberly Court is being held on various charges and outstanding warrants at Monmouth County Correctional Institution, Freehold.

At around 7:54 a.m., Middletown Police responded to the Kimberly Court apartment in the Maguire Grove complex for a report of a domestic dispute involving three individuals. The report also included information that one of the subjects was possibly armed with a gun and was holding another subject against his will. One family member was able to escape from the apartment before officers arrived, the prosecutor’s office said in a statement.

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During the course of the incident, residents of several neighboring apartment units were safely evacuated by the officers on scene as a precaution.  Negotiations were initiated with Guiney, but were initially unsuccessful.  During the incident, officers were able to remove another family member being held in the apartment without incident, the statement said.

“I commend the response by our tactical teams that were able to bring about a peaceful resolution that resulted in the arrest of James Guiney, without serious injury,” said Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni. “There were no injuries to any innocent persons or law enforcement personnel as a result of this incident.”

“Our primary concern was to protect the citizens of our community and see a swift and peaceful resolution. All of the officers and first responders involved in this incident performed their duties exceptionally well and worked together to achieve a successful outcome,” Middletown Police Chief Craig Weber said.

Guiney was subsequently charged with two counts of third-degree criminal restraint, two counts of disorderly person’s simple sssault, fourth degree obstruction of the administration of law, the disorderly person’s offenses of resisting arrest, hindering one’s own apprehension, and four counts of contempt of court with fines totaling $3,500.

If convicted of the third-degree charge, Guiney faces a sentence of three to five years in prison. If convicted of fourth-degree offense, Guiney faces up to 18 months in state prison. The disorderly person’s contempt of court charges carry a maximum sentence of no more than 364 days in the county jail.

Members of the Middletown Township Police Emergency Services Unit, Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, Monmouth County Emergency Response Team, Monmouth County Rapid Deployment Force and Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene.

Despite these charges, every defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial at which the defendant has all of the trial rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and State law.

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