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Man attacks police robot with crowbar before arrest

November 23, 2018

HOPATCONG, N.J. (AP) — Police say an armed New Jersey man struck a police robot several times with a pry bar during a seven-hour standoff.

Robert Collins eventually was arrested early Wednesday by police officers in Hopatcong.

The New Jersey Herald reports the standoff began Tuesday night after police received a report of a man threatening to shoot someone with a stolen gun.

State police attempted to negotiate with Collins but he refused to cooperate. When they sent a mechanical robot to make contact with him, he struck the robot with the pry bar.

Police later recovered the pry bar and three stolen handguns from the home.

Collins was being held in the county jail and faces charges including making terroristic threats, criminal mischief and weapons offenses.

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Information from: The New Jersey Herald (Newton, N.J.), http://www.njherald.com

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