GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP, NJ (CBS) – A Gloucester Township man was arrested after he allegedly assaulted a female friend, then barricaded himself inside a residence.
Police were called to the Lacascata Townhouses in Gloucester Township around 1:53 p.m. on Tuesday for a report of a male suspect who had assaulted a female friend with a hammer then threatened to stab her. The female was able to escape and call police.
When police arrived, the female told them that the suspect had a history of psychiatric problems and may have been under the influence of narcotics.
Officers spotted the suspect inside of the house and they, along with members of the Gloucester Township Police SWAT, tried unsuccessfully to talk him into coming out. They also noted that the suspect was acting abnormally and irrationally.
Officers were eventually able to enter the house and arrest the man, identified as James N. DiMeo, Jr., 48, from the Lacascata Townhouses in Gloucester Township.
DiMeo was transported to the hospital for a medical evaluation after he continued to act irrationally. DiMeo is believed to have been under the influence of drugs and is now facing charges including Assault, Possession of Deadly Weapon, Terroristic Threats, Obstruction and Resisting Arrest.
The victim suffered minor injuries from the initial assault.