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SWAT Removes Distraught Somerville Man Barricaded in Hotel Room



SOMERVILLE, NJ - A 26-year-old Somerville resident described as suicidal by police was forcibly removed from a hotel room in Franklin Township by the Somerset County SWAT team on Aug. 18, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

Robertson provided the following account:

Ian Bockus, 26, who lives on Cliff Street, Somerville, New Jersey, called Franklin police at 8:28 p.m. and told them he was armed with a knife and had barricaded himself in the room and did not intend to leave.

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The Somerset County SWAT and Hostage/Crisis Negotiator Teams were called in and  after several attempts to get Bockus to surrender, they knocked in the door and he was taken into custody.

Bockus was found to be heavily intoxicated and unresponsive with several self-inflicted knife wounds on his left wrist, according to Robertson.

Bockus was transported to a nearby hospital for medical treatment and evaluation. While being treated, it was determined that Bockus had an outstanding warrant out of Somerville Borough Municipal Court., Robertson said.

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