HeatherCroft incident

Police swarm a unit at the Heather Croft Condominiums in Egg Harbor Township amid a standoff Thursday.

Amanda'Rose De La Torre / provided

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP — An hourlong standoff at the Heather Croft Condominium complex Thursday afternoon ended peacefully after a man surrendered to police, neighbors said.

Neighbors described a large police presence. One neighbor shot a live video in which officers urge a man to come out from the unit.

At some point, the man emerges from the unit and walks into the parking lot, his hands raised. Police slowly close in on the man and place him in custody.

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Police have not responded to a request for information.

Maryna Giraldo, who lives a couple doors down from where the incident took place, said she was cleaning her home when she noticed police activity outside her building about 1 p.m. After seeing the police presence, Giraldo’s thoughts shifted quickly.

“I called my family, who live next door (to the incident),” Giraldo said Friday morning, adding police escorted her family to safety.

Amanda’Rose De La Torre, 19, was visiting her godmother when the standoff occurred.

“It was hard to get through because of all the police,” De La Torre said. “I was fine. It was pretty entertaining. It was more or less just waiting for him to come out, and they kept repeating for him to come outside.”

Giraldo described the man as a quiet person who would occasionally say hello to her in the morning.

“At first I was a little scared, then I was like, ‘I’m going to record this,’” said Giraldo, who captured the standoff and surrender in a Facebook Live video.

The standoff delayed the family’s Thanksgiving meal, Giraldo said.

“They were supposed to be upstairs making the turkey,” she said. “We didn’t sit for dinner until like 6 p.m. because of the incident.”

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Started working in newsrooms when I was 17 years old. Spent 15 years working for Gannett New Jersey before coming to The Press of Atlantic City in April 2015.

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