Police: Holmdel Man Held Mentally-Challenged Man Hostage

Police have released more details about the Dec. 3 incident that drew many police vehicles to Telegraph Hill Rd.

Holmdel Police have charged 69-year old Ernest Parodi of Holmdel with criminal restraint, reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a mentally challenged person after a Dec. 3 incident that drew a large police presence to the house on Telegraph Hill Road and closed down the road. 

According to Lt. Keith Cannata, Holmdel Police had been requested to make a welfare check at the house by a relative who said that the doors had been barricaded. Police arrived at the scene and through investigation came to believe that Parodi was holding a mentally-challenged adult in his house against his will, and that both men were possibly overdosing on prescription drugs. 

When Parodi did not respond to police, the Monmouth County Emergency Response Team was called in. With a house key provided by a Realtor, they forced their way through the barricaded doorway, said Cannata. They rescued the man located on the first floor, and found Parodi in the basement, where they took him into custody, said Cannata.

Both men were transported to Bayshore Community Hospital in Holmdel by Holmdel First Aid. Police said the victim, whose name they did not release, went to the Emergency Room. He has since been released. Parodi was placed in Bayshore's Psychiatric Unit for evaluation and medical treatment. He has since been transferred to Monmouth Medical Center, said police.

The police investigation is continuing, said Lt. Cannata. 




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