Police Rescue 3 Kids After 30-hours Hostage Standoff with Gunman Killing 2 in Trenton, N.J. | RedCowHills
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TRENTON, New Jersey – May 12, 2013 (WPVI) — After more than 30 hours, a standoff with an armed man inside a Trenton home has ended and three children taken hostage are safe, police said early Sunday.
Police have also confirmed that the suspect is alive and in custody, being checked out by doctors.
The standoff first began around 3:00 Friday afternoon. Police conducting a welfare check at a home on the 200 block of Grand Street reported seeing the suspect armed with a gun.
Days later, just before 4:00 a.m. Sunday, SWAT teams moved into the home.
Police set off an apparent flash bomb and witnesses heard possible gunfire.
It was a dramatic end to a scene that family, friends and residents watched unfold for days.
“The best way I can describe it, it sounded like a movie. I’ve never seen nothing like this in my life,” said Dion Robinson.
Soon after a brief commotion, three ambulances left the scene.
On Saturday family members told Action News that 42-year-old Carmenlita Stevens, was the suspect’s girlfriend.
The suspect allegedly killed Stevens, a mother of five, and one of her children.
Three of the deceased woman’s children were being held hostage and are now safe.
Sources told Action News that the woman’s 19-year-old son with autism wasn’t home but was with relatives when the violence broke out.
The Mercer County Prosecutors Office and New Jersey State Police are scheduled to give an update with a press conference at 10:00 a.m.