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On Tuesday, November 20 police spent 7 hours trying to negotiate with a Hopatcong resident that had barricaded himself inside his Lakeside Boulevard residence. According to the Hopatcong Police Facebook page, officers responded to a report that Robert J Collins threatened to shoot someone with a stolen handgun but when they arrived at the house, he refused to come out or speak with them.
The NJ State Police Teams Unit was called in and tried to negotiate as well. When they sent in a mechanical robot to make contact with him, he allegedly hit it several times with a pry bar.
Eventually Collins agreed to come out of his house and was taken into custody. Officers searched the home and found three stolen handguns and the pry bar. Collins had been charged with the following:
- Terroristic threats
- Theft of a firearm
- Possession of a firearm for an unlawful purpose
- Certain persons who shall not possess a firearm
- Criminal mischief