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SWAT team activity reported in Muhlenberg Township

Published On: Aug 06 2014 12:07:40 PM EDT   Updated On: Aug 03 2014 06:38:30 PM EDT

Police release new details in Saturday standoff

MUHLENBERG TWP., Pa. -

The SWAT team was on scene in a Berks County neighborhood for about five hours Saturday.

Muhlenberg Township Police said they were called to 610 Whitney Avenue shortly after 8:00 Saturday morning. According to police, a man inside the home was holding a kitchen knife and threatening suicide. Police said the man was not a permanent resident of the home, but a "on and off houseguest" who is friends with the homeowners. Other residents of the home had evacuated before police arrived, according to a news release from Muhlenberg Township Police.

Police said they contained the man in the rear bedroom, where he barricaded the door. After the man refused to put down the knife and come out, the Berks County Emergency Response Team (BCERT) was requested to the scene. BCERT set up a command center at Laurelain Park, and relieved Muhlenberg patrol officers and a Bern Township officer who responded to the scene, according to police.

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Police said the man, who they learned had a history of mental illness, agreed to come out of the home shortly after 1:00 p.m. Police said the man was taken to Reading Hospital where he was committed for an involuntary psychological evaluation.

No one was injured in the incident, according to police.