Intense Search for Man Near Village School Wednesday Afternoon

Holmdel Police are looking for a 20-year old township man, whom they have not named. Police, dogs and helicopters searched for him near the Village School Wednesday .

Editor's Note: Holmdel Police made an arrest in this case on Nov. 10. Click here to read the updated story for more information.

Holmdel Police, K-9 units, the county Sheriff's Dept. and a NJ state police helicopter were dispatched to the area near Village School on Wednesday, Nov. 9, in a hunt for a 20-year old Holmdel man who was believed to be armed. 

Late Wednesday night police reported that they have confiscated what they believe was his firearm. They say the man is no longer in the area and is not believed to be armed. There is an active warrant out for his arrest.

Holmdel detectives did not name him in their report or identify the firearm.

According to a report released by Holmdel Police at 10 p.m. Wednesday evening, a 19-year old Hazlet woman came to police headquarters at Town Hall at 1 p.m. Wednesday to report she had been the victim of a domestic violence incident with her boyfriend. She told police a firearm was involved.

Police went to his home, but said they found nobody there. That's when the manhunt began.

While checking the area near the Holmdel Village School, the Holmdel man's car was found, unoccupied, at a home on Old Mill Road in Holmdel, off Route 520, they said.

The firearm was later located at his home and confiscated as evidence, police said.

As a precaution, Holmdel Police informed the principal of Holmdel Village School. The school was placed on lockdown. School was dismissed at regular time without incident, said police.

Superintendent of Schools Barbara Duncan said that the school's principal Brian Schillaci followed a police request to issue an intruder alert this afternoon. "They were looking for someone in the vicinity of the school and wanted to ensure the safety of the children and staff," she said. The Board of Education's offfices were recently relocated from Town Hall to a wing of the Village School.

Village School Parents received the following email Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 9, the last day of school before a two-day break for the annual teacher's convention:


Dear Village School Families,

As you may hear from your children, we had a very long drill at school today. The drill began at approximately 2:00 and ran until the end of the day at 3:35. We were notified by the Holmdel Police that we should secure the building. There was someone in the area they were looking to bring in for questioning. This person was suspected to be in the vicinity of Village School, so to keep the children safe and secure we put one of our drills into effect.

I am happy to report everyone did a wonderful job putting all of our procedures into place. Our students were dismissed safely to begin their long weekend. Please compliment your children on the great job they did this afternoon!

Have a wonderful weekend,
Brian Schillaci

Teresa Rampulla November 10, 2011 at 01:23 PM
Great job Holmdel police and Mr. Schillaci in keeping our children safe. My daughter didn't know why she had to hide but she did and was not afraid....everyone kept their heads and that is the first step to a successful outcome.
JPH November 10, 2011 at 01:30 PM
I am upset to learn about this incident on Patch. I live very close to Village School, but my children attend Indian Hill so I wasn't aware of the lockdown at Village. My kids and their friends were playing in my yard at 4:15 and we saw the helicopter pass by our house 3 times. Why weren't residents notified by Alert that there was a potentially armed and dangerous person in the area? I got 2 calls yesterday alerting me to the nationwide emergency broadcast test (which affected me in no way whatsoever), but nothing about this incident that could have put my children in danger.
eizzy825@hotmail.com November 10, 2011 at 02:40 PM
I am in agreement with Pam. I, too, live nearby and was not aware of any possibility of danger in the immediate area. I would have appreciated an Alert so that I could have kept my child/friend's child (who also were outside playing) safe until we were told otherwise. Thankfully, these situations aren't the norm and were handled as best as they could be in the moment, but if any situation like this were to occur in the future, it's in the best interest of all the residents in the affected area to be informed.
Barbara Germinario November 10, 2011 at 03:37 PM
I totally agree with the two emails above. We also live within walking distance to the Village School and it would have been wise to let us know, via the phone alert, so we, as residents could keep an eye out for someone around who might be armed. My neighbor's and I saw the helicopter overhead and I also saw the police cars on Old Mill Road. It makes sense now but it would have made more sense to alert the neighborhood. We might have been able to help.
Jennifer November 10, 2011 at 07:39 PM
Wow, I never thought of that. I live close to VS too, and hear the helicopters...
Christina Johnson (Editor) November 10, 2011 at 08:22 PM
Holmdel Police have made an arrest in the case. Read their announcement on Holmdel Patch: http://patch.com/A-nBqJ


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