NEWSBREAK: Members of the Bergen County SWAT team have been trying to convince an emotionally disturbed woman who has been barricaded inside her Westwood apartment for more than three hours to come out. “She is refusing to listen to police demands,” one of nearly 20 officers at the scene told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .
Westwood apartment where woman barricaded herself (CLIFFVIEW PILOT PHOTO)
A standoff in Westwood ended after four hours when SWAT team members batterd down the door of an emotionally disturbed woman holed up in her apartment and took her into custody.
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Center and Fairview avenues are closed off to vehicular traffic.
The incident began at 530 Fairview Avenue (the Roxbury Condominiums complex) around 9 a.m.when the mid-50s woman “began throwing things out third-story windows at construction workers below,” a law enforcement officer told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .
Based on that, and things she said, the workers called police.
“We’ve been here before, many times — never for anything criminal,” the officer said. “This time we brought the SWAT team, because of the circumstances.”
“They’re negotiating with her through the door,” a law enforcement officer at the scene told CLIFFVIEW PILOT at 12:15. “Unfortunately, she won’t listen to anybody. She’s a big woman. She’s violent when she gets like this.”
To make matters worse, “she has a real nasty dog in there,” he said.
For that reason, the county K9 unit was summoned, as well.
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