HeatherCroft incident

Police swarm a unit at the Heather Croft Condominiums in Egg Harbor Township amid a standoff Thursday.

Amanda'Rose De La Torre / provided

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP — A township man was charged in a Thanksgiving incident at the Heather Croft Condominium complex.

Police received a call at 1 p.m. Thursday for a neighbor dispute that had escalated, Detective Sgt. Michael Finnerty said Monday afternoon.

One neighbor, identified as Ronald Pritchett, 61, pulled a gun on another neighbor in the building that houses apartments 250 to 300, Finnerty said.

Pritchett was allegedly home alone and barricaded himself inside. Police evacuated the area and surrounded it, Finnerty said. Since Pritchett was inside alone, police did not feel the urgency to rush inside, he said. 

“Due to the allegation of a gun, we tried to order the man out through the PA system,” Finnerty said.

Police also tried to get the man out by calling him on the phone.

About 3:10 p.m., Atlantic County SWAT arrived as Pritchett surrendered, Finnerty said.

Pritchett was charged with terroristic threats, obstruction and aggravated assault.

He was released on a summons pending a court date.

Police did not release the name of the other neighbor involved.

Maryna Giraldo, who lives a couple doors down from where the incident took place, said she was cleaning her home when she noticed police activity outside her building about 1 p.m. After seeing the police presence, Giraldo’s thoughts shifted quickly.

“I called my family, who live next door (to the incident),” Giraldo said Friday morning, adding police escorted her family to safety.

Amanda’Rose De La Torre, 19, was visiting her godmother when the standoff occurred.

“It was hard to get through because of all the police,” De La Torre said. “I was fine. It was pretty entertaining. It was more or less just waiting for him to come out, and they kept repeating for him to come outside.”

Giraldo described the man as a quiet person who would occasionally say hello to her in the morning.

“At first I was a little scared, then I was like, ‘I’m going to record this,’” said Giraldo, who captured the standoff and surrender in a Facebook Live video.

The standoff delayed the family’s Thanksgiving meal, Giraldo said.

“They were supposed to be upstairs making the turkey,” she said. “We didn’t sit for dinner until like 6 p.m. because of the incident.”

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