SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – A 46-year-old man is facing gun and drug charges after a standoff with police at a Route 1 hotel ended without anyone being hurt.
Louis Smith has been charged with aggravated assault with a firearm, unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, terroristic threats and distribution of CDS, according to police.
Members of the South Brunswick Police Department were called to the Hotel Vicenza at about 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 16 after Smith, a guest at the hotel, allegedly had an argument with a staff member and pulled out a handgun.
Police said he was repeatedly pacing between the breezeway and rear balcony of his second-floor room and yelling profanities at unoccupied cars in the parking lot.
He also used his cellphone to videotape officers while blowing kisses, according to police.
Police negotiated for about 30 minutes after Smith allegedly locked himself in his room.
At 4:45 p.m., Smith, who was profusely sweating, opened the door briefly. Det. Rick Delucia and Officer Kent English grabbed him and pulled him into the breezeway.
He was placed under arrest and transported to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick for evaluation, police said.
Detectives, who obtained a telephonic search warrant, located a Taurus 9MM handgun, two fully loaded magazines, 27 ounces of marijuana, a pair of black gloves, a black ski mask, plastic bags and a scale in his room.
“So often you only hear of these cases when officers are forced into a deadly situation,” Chief Raymond Hayduck said in press release. “Here, officers were confronted by a gunman who threatened to harm others and was acting out. Officers used deescalation techniques and time to safely take him into custody. This is a credit to the officers and their training.”