Rashawn West Is Charged With False Imprisonment

NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A man has been arrested and charged, after allegedly holding his girlfriend’s toddler-age son hostage as he threatened suicide in Newark, N.J.

Shortly before noon Tuesday, police in Newark responded to a report of a person barricaded at 380 Avon Ave. They learned Rashawn West, 19, was armed with a knife, and was threatening suicide from behind a locked apartment door where he was holed up with his girlfriend’s 3-year-old son.

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Police later found out that West had fled with the child. Following a search, police found the child unharmed at 2:30 p.m. and arrested West without incident at 202 South St.

The child was taken to Beth Israel Hospital as a precautionary measure, while West was held for evaluation at the crisis ward at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark police said.

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West was charged with false imprisonment under domestic violence laws.

Police said further details would be released later.

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