Manchester NJ cops disarm knife-wielding woman, police say
MANCHESTER – A woman wielding a large kitchen knife on her way to a family member’s home in the Cedar Glen Lakes neighborhood to start a confrontation has been taken into police custody after a bold intervention by township police on Monday, according to the authorities.
Margaret Dennis, 74, of the Whiting Section, was seen walking the Nevada Drive and Louisiana Way area around 12:45 p.m. with the knife that triggered a police response. The woman also stabbed “the hood of an occupied vehicle,” said Lt. Vincent Manco, a police spokesperson.
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As patroller Anthony Iliadis distracted her with the conversation, patroller Arthur Cronk approached Dennis from behind and was able to disarm the woman by sneaking up behind her and grabbing her hand, Manco said.
Cronk removed Dennis’ gun without injuring himself. Dennis was taken to Toms River Community Medical Center for evaluation, Manco said.
Responding to the neighborhood, Iliadis observed Dennis walking in the middle of Arizona Drive holding the large knife. He then engaged her in a conversation and repeatedly asked her to drop the knife, although she refused to do so, Manco said.
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Dennis was taken into custody and taken to Manchester Police Headquarters where she was charged with Possession of a Weapon, Possession of a Weapon for Illegal Purposes and Criminal Mischief, he said. declared.
During the investigation, police learned that Dennis stabbed the random motorist’s vehicle and was driving to the home of a local family member “to provoke a confrontation”. Manco said.
His condition was not immediately known Tuesday evening.
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