Part of Maspeth became a frozen zone Thursday afternoon as police engaged in a standoff with an emotionally disturbed man who barricaded himself inside his house, it was reported.
Officers from the 104th Precinct were called to the home on 52nd Avenue between 73rd and 74th streets at about 2:10 p.m. after receiving a 911 call regarding the disturbed individual who refused to leave the premises. Police did not immediately disclose the possible reason for the disturbance.
Authorities sealed off the block and surrounding streets as a precaution to guard the public against any possible violence.
The standoff continued for three hours until, at about 5:15 p.m., police took the 68-year-old man into custody. He was brought to Elmhurst Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.
No weapons were recovered at the scene, and no other injuries were reported. The investigation is ongoing.