ELIZABETH, NJ – The Elizabeth man who held a six-year-old boy hostage for hours beginning Sunday morning, March 26, has been charged in connection with the incident, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park and Elizabeth Police Department Deputy Chief John Brennan jointly announced Monday.

LeRoy Boyd, 38, is charged with second-degree kidnapping and third-degree possession of cocaine as the result of an hours-long standoff with police at Mravlag Manor housing complex. He is being held at Union County Jail pending a first appearance in the case.

The incident began at about 8:30 a.m. Sunday when Elizabeth Police responded to a report of a domestic dispute. There, they found Boyd and the child behind closed doors in a third-story unit, according to the investigation. Following more than five hours of talks, Boyd surrendered and the boy was released unharmed.

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Convictions on second-degree criminal charges are commonly punishable by 5 to 10 years in state prison.

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