Middletown man remains jailed following Wednesday standoff
The Middletown man at the center of a nine-hour standoff Wednesday remains jailed and is looking at a number of charges, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutors Office.
A domestic dispute involving three people sent police to the MacGuire Grove apartment of James P. Guiney, 39, around 7:54 am who reportedly had a gun and was holding someone hostage.
A family member was able to escape initially and soon after another person was let go during police negotiations.
The standoff ended peacefully and without injury.
Guiney of Kimberly Court is currently in custody in the Monmouth County Correctional Institution and is being held on various charges and outstanding warrants.
Responding officers successfully made contact with Guiney on Wednesday morning.
During the course of the incident, residents of several neighboring apartment units were safely evacuated by the officers on scene as a precaution.
Following the surrender and his arrest, Guiney was charged with two counts of third degree Criminal Restraint, two counts of disorderly persons Simple Assault, fourth degree Obstruction of the Administration of Law, the disorderly persons offenses of Resisting Arrest, Hindering One's Own Apprehension, and four counts of Contempt of Court with fines totaling $3,500.
If convicted of the third degree charge, Guiney faces a sentence of three to five years in prison.
If convicted of fourth degree offense, Guiney faces up to 18 months in state prison.
The disorderly orderly Contempt of Court charges carry a maximum sentence of no more than 364 days in the county jail.
"I commend the response by our tactical teams that were able to bring about a peaceful resolution that resulted in the arrest of James Guiney, without serious injury," Monmouth County Prosecutor Chris Gramiccioni said. "There were no injuries to any innocent persons or law enforcement personnel as a result of this incident."
"Our primary concern was to protect the citizens of our community and see a swift and peaceful resolution," Middletown Police Chief Craig Weber said. "All of the officers and first responders involved in this incident performed their duties exceptionally well and worked together to achieve a successful outcome."
Members of the Middletown Township Police Emergency Services Unit, Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office, Monmouth County Emergency Response Team, Monmouth County Rapid Deployment Force and Monmouth County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene.
Despite these charges, every defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial at which the defendant has all of the trial rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and State law.
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