Long Branch Standoff: Man With Machete Arrested After Three Hour Fight With Police

By Staff Reporter on April 23, 2013 2:48 PM EDT

A man is in custody after a standoff with police in Long Branch, NJ on Monday.

City Director of Public Safety Capt. Jason Roebuck told the Asbury Park Press that the man was arrested behind the Brighton Bar on Brighton Avenue on Monday night at 8:30 p.m. The standoff lasted three hours.

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The incident began when Robert Powers, 45, got into a fight with his father. Powers' father sustained a cut on his head and a scratch on his leg and was taken to the hospital. Police responded to the house on Brighton Avenue at 5:30 p.m. after they received a call from the man's father.

Brighton Avenue was shut down and businesses closed as SWAT teams made their way into the area. A police K9 unit and an armored truck were brought onto the street as the standoff continued.

During the standoff, law enforcement fired five tear-gas canisters inside the bungalow where the man was holed up. The standoff ended when SWAT team members rushed the house and were able to apprehend the man. He was taken to the hospital and placed under psychiatric care.

According to Roebuck, the man had knives in his possession inside the home, including a machete. The team also found a Molotov cocktail that officials reportedly knew he had early in the standoff.

The owner of Brighton Bar told the Press paper that he knew the man who was arrested after the standoff.

"I grew up with him. I hope he gets his life straightened out.  He had some real problem. I'm just hoping he can get this worked out," said Greg Macolino.

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