S.W.A.T. negotiators reach peaceful conclusion in Union City

A 51-year-old man was taken into custody after negotiations

The Hudson Regional S.W.A.T. Team performed an active shooter drill in Guttenberg in 2019.
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The Hudson Regional S.W.A.T. Team performed an active shooter drill in Guttenberg in 2019.

After telephone negotiations with the Hudson County Regional S.W.A.T. Team, a police standoff with a Union City man came to a peaceful conclusion, according to Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez.

The Hudson County Regional S.W.A.T. Team was activated for the purpose of assisting the Union City Police Department on March 14. Their task was to help take an individual with an outstanding arrest warrant into custody at 4535 Broadway in Union City.

Responding officers identified the individual as Isaias Linares Diaz, a resident of Union City. According to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, Diaz, 51, had an outstanding arrest warrant out of Union City on weapons charges and a charge of criminal restraint.

Members of the Union City Police Department made contact with Diaz at his home on Broadway. However, this was where the conflict began.

According to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, DIaz allegedly refused to exit the apartment after making contact with police at his residence. With the assistance of the Union City Police Department, S.W.A.T. negotiators were able to make contact with Diaz by telephone.

Despite a tense beginning, S.W.A.T. officers were able to bring the negotiations between responding police officers and Diaz to a peaceful conclusion.

After speaking to Diaz over the phone, the S.W.A.T. negotiators were successful in persuading him to agree to surrender to the Union City Police Officers. According to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, Diaz was arrested without further incident.

Diaz has been charged with third-degree resisting arrest and fourth-degree criminal obstruction.

Prosecutor Suarez credited the Hudson County Regional S.W.A.T. Team and the Union City Police Department with the arrest.

The above charges are accusations and Diaz is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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