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New Providence Resident Arrested After 4-Hour Standoff in Springfield

The Villas apartment complex on Springfield Avenue in Springfield. Credits: Trulia.com

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - A New Providence resident was taken into custody after a four-hour standoff with police at a Springfield apartment complex on Friday.

Norwood Hill, 39, of New Providence is charged with third-degree making terroristic threats, simple assault, and violation of a restraining order. Bail was initially set at $50,000 but was expected to be increased.

According to acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park and Springfield Police Chief John Cook, on Sunday morning police were called to The Villas apartment complex on Springfield Avenue in Springfield on a report of a domestic incident. An investigation resulted in the charges being filed against Hill, who remained at large for the next four days. 

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Friday morning at around 7:30 a.m., police were called to the same apartment by a neighbor reporting that an argument there was growing loud and heated. Arriving officers encountered Hill’s commonlaw wife leaving the complex with her children. Hill retreated inside the apartment when he was approached by police and refused to respond to orders that he surrender.

Additional Springfield Police Department units, the Union County Emergency Response Team SWAT Unit, and members of the Union County Prosecutor’s Office and the Union County Police Department responded to the scene and joined in the effort to make contact with Hill, who was taken into custody without incident shortly after 11:30 a.m.
Neither Hill nor any members of law enforcement were injured during the standoff.


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