A hostage situation in North Bergen was resolved peacefully, according to Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez.
The Hudson County Regional SWAT Team, in coordination with the North Bergen Police Department, safely de-escalated a hostage situation on the morning of Tuesday, June 1 at the Days Inn on Tonnelle Avenue. A New York City man, 21, was holding a woman against her will along with her two young children, according to authorities.
The suspect, Divine Torres, of Staten Island, was charged by the North Bergen Police Department with Kidnapping, two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Aggravated Assault, and Terroristic Threats. Additional charges against Torres are pending in New York City.
Just after 10 a.m., North Bergen Police responded to the Days Inn at 2600 Tonnelle Avenue after being notified by the New York City Police Department that they were there conducting an investigation regarding a woman being taken and held against her will, with two children, ages three months and two years.
Hudson County Regional SWAT responded and with their crisis and hostage negotiators made contact with the suspect. They safely and peacefully negotiated his surrender and the release of the hostages.
There were no injuries to civilians or law enforcement. Prosecutor Suarez credited the Hudson County Regional SWAT, the North Bergen Police Department, and the NYPD, for the investigation and arrest.
“Yesterday’s response by Hudson County SWAT was an excellent job in which the officers utilized their training and resources to peacefully and safely de-escalate a potentially dangerous situation,” Suarez said.
The above charges are merely accusations. Divine Torres is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
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