Neighbors on edge after second standoff in two weeks

Police respond to another incident with same individual in Muhlenberg Township.

Neighbors on edge after second standoff in two weeks

MUHLENBERG TWP., Pa. - There was a standoff in a Berks County community for the second time in less than two weeks with the same man.

Police and emergency personnel flooded the 600 block of Whitney Avenue in Muhlenberg Township around five p.m. Monday.

They were there for a man who police say barricaded himself in a room.

"He had two knives with him and was threatening to harm himself if anybody came in," said Muhlenberg Police Chief Erik Grunzig.

But, police had an easier time talking him down because they had just done so less than two weeks ago.

On August 2nd police were on the block for nearly five hours and called in the Berks County SWAT team for reinforcement.

"There were police cars, fire police, fire trucks. They had every type of manpower out that time, I guess because they did not know what he was going to do," said Barbara Pizzo, a neighbor.

On August 2nd, police were able to convince the man to come out unharmed and he was taken to Reading Hospital for an involuntary psychological evaluation.

So neighbors say they were surprised to see this happen again.

"It is unfortunate because we have a neighborhood that is relatively quiet and not used to police presence so it is always a surprise," said Pizzo.

Police and neighbors say they hope this man gets the help that he needs.

"Hopefully some adjustment to medication will help the individual and get him on the right track," said Grunzig.

"We really need to get this man the help he needs so we do not continue to have this happen every two weeks," said Pizzo.

Police say there was never a threat to the homeowner's safety or the safety of the neighborhood.

The standoff ended peacefully and no one was injured. The man was taken to the hospital.

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