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E. Meadow man charged after standoff

An East Meadow man locked himself in his bedroom for several hours Tuesday, threatening to do himself physical harm before surrendering, Nassau County police said.

Genri Palacios-Acosta, 27, had an altercation with his mother at their home on Hull Street and police responded at about 10:20 a.m., according to a news release.

Nassau County's Emergency Services Unit officers, the Bureau of Special Operations and the Hostage Negotiation Team were among the units responding, and Palacios-Acosta threatened to harm himself if police entered the bedroom, the release said.

After several hours of negotiating, Palacios-Acosta surrendered, police said. He was arrested and taken to a nearby hospital for medical evaluation.

Police said the altercation between Palacios-Acosta became verbal, physical and included property damage. His mother, who had "facial pain and an abrasion to her cheek," refused medical attention at the scene, police said.

A police spokeswoman said there was no indication Palacios-Acosta had a gun, and the "weapons" he threatened to use on himself included household items.

Palacios-Acosta is charged with criminal mischief, assault and menacing.

He is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday in First District Court in Hempstead.


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