Cardboard figure keeps police at bay
by The Star-Ledger Continuous News Desk
Thursday November 27, 2008, 11:00 PM
A cardboard figure of a person inside a Somerset County bank kept police at bay for 90 minutes tonight, authorities said.
The standoff at the PNC Bank on routes 518 and 601 in the Skillman section of Montgomery Township ended at about 10:20 p.m., Somerset County Prosecutor Wayne Forrest said.
Police responded to the bank when an alarm went off about 8:40 p.m.
When officers arrived, they saw what they thought was at least one person through the windows of the bank, which had its blinds drawn, according to authorities.
Police then sealed off the area to traffic and evacuated residents in three nearby apartment buildings .
"I drove in the parking lot (of my apartment building) and see all these guys with guns," said Ross Stout
Authorities tried to make contact with whoever might be in the building. Officers used bullhorns, and then tried to call inside the building, Forrest said.
After failing to get any response from the figure inside, the SWAT team entered.
To their chagrin, they discovered the "person" seen inside the building was a full-size cardboard figure, Forrest said.