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,