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Middletown man arrested after Thursday standoff on East Water Street

By Dan Miller

danmiller@pressandjournal.com

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Posted 4/6/18

Middletown police arrested a borough man following a standoff in the 100 block of East Water Street on Thursday, April 5.

Police were dispatched to the scene at 4:50 p.m. and arrived to find a …

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Middletown man arrested after Thursday standoff on East Water Street

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Middletown police arrested a borough man following a standoff in the 100 block of East Water Street on Thursday, April 5.

Police were dispatched to the scene at 4:50 p.m. and arrived to find a woman in the yard, according to arrest papers police filed with District Judge David Judy.

The defendant, Marcus Aurelius Adams, 29, of East Water Street, had dragged the woman out in the yard after allegedly assaulting her inside the residence, police said. The incident was never a hostage situation.

Adams would not come out of the house. Police negotiators talked with him as he was on the third floor of the residence, and he eventually surrendered peacefully, police said.

An eyewitness who did not want her name used reported seeing police officers at the scene with rifles, and other officers with their handguns drawn. Officers also were carrying shields.

East Water Street was blocked off from Pine Street east to Spruce Street, and both ends of Keller Avenue behind Turkey Hill were blocked, the witness said. Police remained at the scene until 7 p.m.

Police said that the woman and Adams had gotten into an argument that escalated when Adams allegedly slammed the woman’s head against a wall.

According to arrest papers, Adams head-butted the woman multiple times and pushed her off the chair into a box of glass.

He then shoved her from behind down the stairs. The woman landed in a bedroom, at which point police said Adams grabbed the woman’s shirt and shoved her through the bedroom.

Adams allegedly threw her down another flight of stairs, chased her through the house, threw her out the back door and dragged her into the yard. Adams then allegedly locked the doors so she could not get back in.

She had a black eye forming on her left eye, scratches and bruises to her chest, neck, arms and legs, and a headache, according to arrest papers. She received medical treatment at the scene, said Patrol Officer Mark Laudenslager, a spokesman for Middletown Police Department.

Police drew their rifles and handguns because of comments Adams made, and noises police heard from where he was inside the house indicated that he might have been armed, Laudenslager said. Police later determined that Adams was not armed, he said.

After Adams was taken into custody, police went into the residence and found “countless pills of different types all over the floor and in unmarked bottles.”

After receiving consent from the woman to search the third floor, police found a small amount of marijuana, drug paraphernalia including marijuana pipes and grinders, and a substance suspected to be “Shatter,” a type of marijuana concentrate, according to arrest papers. Police also reported finding a machete on the third floor.

Adams is charged with aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, simple assault, harassment, possession of a small amount of marijuana for personal use, and use/possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arraigned April 6 before District Judge Kenneth A. Lenker, who set bail at $5,000.

Adams was not listed in Dauphin County Prison as of Tuesday.

A preliminary hearing is set for April 16 before Judy.