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Police: Armed man holding hostages in Trenton, NJ

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — An armed man who took hostages Friday afternoon remains barricaded in a home in New Jersey's capital on Saturday as authorities work to negotiate his surrender and his captives' release, police said.

The man, whose identity has not been released, remained holed up in a brick house in South Trenton more than 18 hours after the standoff began, authorities said Saturday. Trenton police Lt. Stephen Varn declined to give any details on the number of people being held, their ages or relationship to the armed man.

Police were called to the home before 3 p.m. Friday on reports of a barricaded suspect.

Authorities said police entered the home and found the man brandishing a gun. Police retreated safely and a perimeter was established around the home. A SWAT team was called in, and armored vehicles appeared at the scene. Police continued to negotiate with the suspect Saturday morning, Varn said.

Homes on the surrounding block have been evacuated as a precaution.


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