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Neighbor dispute leads to hours-long standoff in Alburtis

ALBURTIS, Pa. - A five-hour police standoff in Alburtis, Lehigh County, came to an end early Thursday morning. It appears that it all started with an altercation between two neighbors.

Officers were called to the 200 block of South Main Street around 9 p.m. Wednesday for reports of two neighbors in a physical altercation.

Steven Baumann is accused of striking his neighbor with a pistol, however, police did not find the weapon after searching the home.

Police said Baumann and his neighbor's apartments are in the same building.

The victim, Robert Bennecoff and his wife went to the police station after the alleged assault, according to court paperwork. Bennecoff said he and his wife were in his car when Baumann ran toward the vehicle and pointed a handgun in their direction, police said. Bennecoff pulled out a handgun and pointed it at Baumann. According to the paperwork, Baumann struck Bennecoff in the face with the muzzle end of his hand gun. 

Police said Baumann went back to his apartment with his wife after the alleged assault. When officers arrived, Baumann and his wife did not leave, because they were afraid. That led to a nearly five-hour long standoff. 

Baumann surrendered and was led out of the home peacefully around 2 a.m. Thursday and taken to central booking.

Police then searched the apartment for weapons, but did not find any. 

The victim suffered minor cuts, but did not need to be hospitalized. No other injuries were reported.

Baumann was charged with simple assault and aggravated assault. 


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