An individual described as emotionally disturbed got into a brief standoff with police in Stuyvesant Town on Wednesday afternoon.
At around 1:40 pm on Dec. 9, emergency services were called to 622 East 20th St. to deal with an emotionally disturbed person.
A cavalcade of police cruisers, ambulances, and NYPD trucks lined the East 20th Street loop in Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village where officers donned bullet proof vests and lugged riot shields at their sides.
According to police, the 55-year-old male had a mental breakdown within the luxury apartment complex barricading himself within the apartment. Officers were called to the scene in order to prevent the individual from harming himself and/or others.
Although no further comment was given, a member of a Hostage Negotiation team was also spotted entering the premises.
Things seemed to be at a standoff as members of the NYPD were at the scene exiting and entering the building over the course of an hour, bringing a large saw and what looked to be a propane tank into the apartment guarded by a watchful officer.
At approximately 3:50pm, the man was removed from his apartment and transported to Bellevue hospital where he will receive a full psychological evaluation. No injures were reported.