A standoff with a man who had reportedly barricaded himself inside a Cherokee Street home in Fountain Hill borough Saturday night ended with the man safely in custody, but authorities feared the man would find an AR-15 rifle in the house as they tried to get him to come out, a report published Monday indicates.
According to the story published by Lehigh Valley Live, Robert Jones, 31, no address given, was not supposed to be inside the home at 1020 Cherokee Street, and the standoff began when he refused to communicate or come outside, in spite of what became a large police presence that included officers and tactical units from throughout Lehigh County.
The two-hour standoff rattled many who live in the densely-populated neighborhood.
It ended when police noticed that Jones–who Fountain Hill Police Chief Ed Bachert said is being treated for mental health issues as of Monday–wasn’t paying attention, entered the home and took him into custody without incident, Lehigh Valley Live reported.
The entire standoff lasted approximately two hours, from about 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., and resulted in roads being closed and traffic detoured in the area around the home.
Some residents were told to evacuate their homes, while others who were outside were ordered to return home after authorities established a perimeter as part of their response.
Saucon Source was one of the first local media outlets to report that significant police activity was occurring in the area of Broadway and Cherokee Streets, near N. Hoffert Street, and posted both live video and photos to its Facebook page during the standoff.