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VILLAS – Lower Township police responded to a report of a man with a knife threatening neighbors outside of an apartment complex located on East Greenwood Avenue in Villas, Aug. 19 at approximately 1 p.m.

According to a release, initial reports informed Cape May County Dispatch that Raymond Paradise, 65, retreated into his apartment and had a firearm.  

Officers surrounded the apartment, and began moving the surrounding residents from the area. A Lower Township detective was able to establish telephone contact with Paradise and persuaded him to voluntarily surrender. Upon leaving the residence, he attempted to reenter his apartment, when officers subdued him.

During interviews with witnesses, it was determined that Paradise threatened multiple residents with a knife. The scene was secured and an investigation by Lower Township Detective Bureau was conducted. The investigation led to a search warrant that resulted in retrieving the knife and firearm from Paradise’s apartment. 

Paradise was apprehended and transported to Lower Township Police Headquarters, where Lower Township Rescue evaluated him. 

An assistant prosecutor from the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office was consulted. The A.P. recommended that Paradise should be placed on a warrant and charged with three counts terroristic threats; three counts ofaggravated assault; and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.  

Coordination was made with Judge Richard A. Russell, who authorized the arrest warrant.

 Paradise was processed and transported to the Cape May County Correctional Facility, where he awaited adjudication.  Additional charges may be forthcoming.

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