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Man upset over stolen pocketknife prompts standoff with police

Man upset over stolen pocketknife prompts police standoff

NORTHAMPTON, Pa. - Timothy Snyder was mad that police didn't come to his home immediately to investigate a stolen pocketknife, so he told them he had a bomb in his apartment, authorities said. Now he has more to worry about than who took his knife.

Members of the Pennsylvania State Police emergency response team flooded the 1700 block of Main Street in Northampton, Northampton County, just after 2 p.m. Sunday.

Snyder wasn't happy that police hadn't come to his apartment in the basement of the Gin Mill and Grille immediately to investigate a stolen pocketknife, so he made a second call to police.

"Stating that he wanted the officers to get his knife back and he had a bomb attached to his door, and he was making demands that he wanted the officers there," said Detective Glenn Deist, Northampton Police Department.

Snyder also demanded $200 and a pizza. He didn't get the pizza, but he did get the police.

The other apartments in the basement and the restaurant upstairs were filled with people who had to be evacuated. People who live in nearby homes were told to stay inside.

"It was just surreal. It was like watching movies. Stuff like this doesn't happen in Northampton, normally," said neighbor Debbie Bachman.

Bachman said she was a little nervous, but she applauded the police officers who turned out to handle the situation.

After seven hours of trying to coax Snyder out peacefully, SERT members used flash bangs and tear gas to bring the standoff to a close, much to the relief of residents who gave the officers a round of applause.

Snyder was hospitalized under police guard and will be transferred to Northampton County Prison to be arraigned on charges of terroristic threats and reckless endangerment.

Police said they are also looking into whether he can be made to pay the cost for the incident.

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