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Albertson crisis ends with man in custody

Authorities say Jeffrey S. Anlyan is in custody

Authorities say Jeffrey S. Anlyan is in custody after a daylong confrontation with Nassau police that started when he provoked a dispute with his mother, stole a dagger from her home, then held officers at bay as he threatened to kill the police and himself. (July 9, 2012) Credit: Howard Schnapp

A daylong crisis in Albertson ended Monday evening with one man in custody and evacuated residents expected to be allowed back home.

Nassau police led a man out of 25 Hilltop Place at 6:45 p.m. as residents, who had evacuated their homes after 8 a.m., stood outside the cordoned-off block.

Hostage negotiators had been at the scene, a police spokesman said Monday evening. No other information was available, he said.

About two dozen special operations and uniformed officers remained at Hilltop Place, a small block between Lea Place and Hillvale Road.

National Grid said workers Monday shut down gas at the house at the authorities' request.

It was about 8 a.m. when neighbors saw police cars arriving. Later, officers knocked on doors, telling people to leave, residents said.

"The cops said 'Evacuate, evacuate. Go to the corner,' " said one man, who identified himself only as Ed, and said he lives two doors from 25 Hilltop Place. "They told us to get out. That's all they told us."

Anna Ciuffo, who lives on the block, said she didn't know why police were there until her son called warning her not to go outside.

Police knocked on her door about 9:30 a.m. to evacuate the street, she said. As she waited to return home, she said, she saw police go into 25 Hilltop Place with sledge hammers and axes, but she did not know what happened.

Ciuffo said residents who live nearby have been giving evacuees shelter and food: "We have great neighbors. They've been putting out water and sandwiches all day."

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