WAYNE, NJ – Wayne Police responded on Wednesday afternoon to a call from a Wayne resident who claimed a family member was being held hostage in a home on Benwell Avenue, according to Detective Captain Dan Daly, the Wayne Police Public Information Officer.

It was reported that Nicholas Perota (18) of Wayne had threatened to shoot police upon their arrival. “Responding officers found a family member outside the home with visible injuries, from an altercation with Perota,” reported Daly. “It was reported that Mr. Perota was believed to be locked in his bedroom with a female acquaintance.

The patrol officers on scene set up a perimeter and waited for backup.  More officers responded to “establish command and control as well as to attempt crisis negotiations,” wrote Daly.

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Several departments responded including the Passaic County Sheriff’s Department, Wayne First Aid and Wayne Animal Control who came to assist with multiple pit bulls who were on the premises.

The Passaic County SWAT Team arrived and made entry into the home where it was discovered that Perota and the female acquaintance had fled the scene prior to the initial officers arrival.

According to Daly, stolen property was found in Perota’s bedroom.

It was discovered through further investigation that Perota was hiding in a home on Fulton Street in Paterson.  Officers from the Wayne PD and the Paterson PD responded and took the suspect into custody. “The female acquaintance was found to be unharmed and willingly with Perota,” wrote Daly.

Perota was charged on a criminal complaint warrant with multiple domestic violence offences and possession of stolen property. He is currently held in the Passaic County jail.

Perota is considered innocent until proven guilty.