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Wanted suspect faces charges after standoff in Whitehall

WHITEHALL TWP., Pa. - It was a scary way to wake up for some Hokendauqua residents.

Swat teams and law enforcement officials with tactical vehicles were parked around the perimeter of a usually quiet Lehigh County neighborhood.

"I was both concerned and a little confused because I was seeing police officer vehicles in the area but this time we're talking about multiple police cars with emergency vehicles and ambulances," said resident Ed Patch.

Patch says police called everyone in his neighborhood telling them to shelter in place.

Just across the way on South Fourth Street was the focus of the police activity.

U.S. Marshals Service say they got a tip 28-year-old Anthony Hines was staying with a friend.

Marshals say Hines has a New Jersey warrant for fleeing, burglary and possession of a weapon and a South Carolina warrant for violating probation.

A spokesman says when Marshals showed up, Hines ran to the second floor and locked himself in a room with his friend's 18-year-old daughter.

"The Lehigh County municipal emergency response team was notified and responded to the scene as well as a crisis negotiator team to make contact with the individual," said Whitehall Police Lt. James Lucas.

Lucas says Hines refused to come out for six hours and 30 minutes.

In that time, residents in a three block radius were locked down and the school district was notified to reroute buses.

"I had my morning coffee just watching what was going on," said resident John Clark.

Clark says he couldn't believe the amount of law enforcement officers that swarmed the neighborhood.

But he is thankful no one was hurt.

Hines surrendered around 7:30 a.m.

U.S. Marshals say the arrest was the result of collaboration between local, federal and county law enforcement agencies.

Hines is now in the Lehigh County prison on fugitive from justice charges.

He is expected to be extradited back to New Jersey.
 


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