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Man in Custody After Standoff in Hatfield

A 33-year-old man was talked down by a negotiator from inside a residence belonging to N. Paone Construction Inc. on Bergey Road in Hatfield

A 33-year-old suicidal man barricaded in a home at 3220 Bergey Road in Hatfield Township was taken into custody around 5 p.m. after a three-hour standoff with Hatfield Township Police and the North Penn Tactical Response Team.

The North Penn Tactical Response Team and an armored Bearcat were called in because there was a threat of firearms, according to Hatfield Township Detective Pat Hanrahan.

Police were dispatched to the home at 1:45 p.m. for a report of a suicidal subject.

Hanrahan said a male in the residence made threats to a friend via text message that he intended to harm himself. The friend then called Hatfield Township Police because he was disturbed by the suicidal thoughts via text, Hanrahan said.

Police attempted to make contact to the subject via cell phone and via the friend.

"Numerous attempts made by the friend and radio to communicate with him were unsuccessful," Hanrahan said.

Police set up a perimeter around the residence, and the tactical team was notified.

"For the safety of everyone, the police SWAT was called in," Hanrahan said.

The tactical team also evacuated four employees of a business located near the residence.

Hanrahan said a hostage negotiator communicated with the subject via a bullhorn and public address system from the armored vehicle sent to the scene.

"The subject followed directions and cooperated with police," Hanrahan said.

The subject was transported via Volunteer Medical Service Corps of Lansdale to for evaluation.

The subject was not injured, Hanrahan said, adding that the subject was alone in the residence.

Montgomery County public land records shows the property is a commercial parcel with one living unit and a mixed residential/commercial structure.

The property is the location of the corporate offices of N. Paone Construction Inc, and it is owned by NRP Properties, LLC, of 590 Kohlman Circle, Hatfield. The Kohlman Circle address is owned by Nicola Paone.

According to court records, Paone was indicted by a federal grand jury in connection with an interstate methamphetamine trafficking operation in 2007, and he would later plead guilty to charges of distribution of methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.

Paone was sentenced to time served, plus a $5,000 fine and five years of supervised released, which ends in 2014.

Police are continuing the investigation.

Colmar Fire Police had closed off Bergey Road from Richmond Road to Bethlehem Pike.

The North Penn Tactical Response Team is comprised of trained officers from Towamencin, Upper Gwynedd, Upper Merion, Lower Salford and Franconia townships and Telford Borough. VMSC medics are also part of the civilian response of the tactical team.

George May 11, 2012 at 03:56 PM
You hateful person, it sounds as if you have a serious problem possible anger issues. Why do you feel the need to lie and say horrible things against someone you do not know. This article should have delt with the sadness of mental illness and the fact that the man is alive not with all the hateful back and forth over the owner of the property that had nothing to do with this horrible tragedy. Theses messages do nothing but hurt the family of the victim who served our country and many others who struggle with feelings of depression and the family of the owner of the property. Do the hateful people not have families or feeling that they let their anger speak out so unchecked. Shame on the writer of the piece to start this and the responders who need to sit and look in mirror to what they have become. Very sad. It shames our community to not have heart and the place to forgive and help rather than hurt.
Sean C. May 11, 2012 at 03:57 PM
And people please. Don't start attacking me. Give me a break. I work a full time job. I pay my taxes. I volunteer. I am nice to my mother. And sure. Maybe Nick Paone does all of this stuff too. But do you know what I never have done? I have NEVER sold methanphetamine to my friends, neighbors, memebets of my community, or anybody else for that matter. That entire inner circle, Paone, the Penna's, Frank Messina. They are all disgusting men and the dregs of our society. They all need to go away for a long time. Upstate without a return ticket for a long time. And all of you people defending them are more than welcome to join them upstate. Unlikely that your hands aren't dirty as well. By the way, if being a convicted felon is a sign of success Jessica, you can keep your success.
George May 11, 2012 at 04:01 PM
That makes no sense are you even an adult with common sense. Wow the intellegence of this group is questionable.
George May 11, 2012 at 04:16 PM
I suppose you supporters of lies and the writer Tony all have reached far enough out there to have your voices heard I know some people crave attention and I suppose readership bravo then you should be proud of making such a leap and then getting attention to it.
The Voice of Reason May 11, 2012 at 04:17 PM
George: You're right. Every time I read a comment from one of Paone's cronies, I certainly question their intelligence. Trying to decipher what they've written is hard enough; processing the thought process behind defending a convicted drug trafficker is something else.

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