BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A man has been charged with murder in connection with a stabbing that left his mother dead and father critically injured, Somerset County prosecutors said.
Michael Litwornia, 27, was taken into custody Tuesday following an hours-long standoff with police after he barricaded himself inside his parents Martinsville home in Bridgewater Township, prosecutors said.
Around 8:20 p.m. Monday, police responded to a 911 call that a person was stabbed outside of the home on Washington Valley Road.
Officers found Litwornia’s 61-year-old father with severe stab wounds, prosecutors said. The victim told police his son had stabbed him, prosecutors said.
Officers also found Litwornia’s mother, 61, inside the home with severe stab wounds. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police rushed the father to the hospital, where he has been stabilized and is in serious condition, 1010 WINS’ Glenn Schuck reported.
Somerset County SWAT and Hostage/Crisis Negotiators surrounded the home since Litwornia barricaded himself inside for hours, prosecutors said.
Unable to make contact with Litwornia, a mechanical robot was sent into the home and located him lying on a couch, prosecutors said.
At around 11 p.m., the SWAT team entered the home and found Litwornia who tried to grab a sharp force instrument but was quickly subdued and taken into custody, prosecutors said.
Litwornia had self-inflicted wounds to his body and was quickly taken to an area hospital for emergency treatment.
About an hour later, Bridgewater Police announced that the area was safe.
Detectives have charged Litwornia with first-degree homicide and second-degree aggravated assault.
Litwornia remains at an area hospital under police guard.
When he is released from the hospital, he will be held at the Somerset County Jail pending a detention hearing.
A motive for the attack remains unclear.