Galloway Township Police arrested a 76-year-old township man on weapons charges after answering a call for a noise complaint Sunday night, Jan. 13, police said Monday afternoon.
Police responded to Benny Arcidiacono's residence on Pondview Court at 7:58 Sunday night in response to a noise complaint. Arcidiacono answered his door with a revolver handgun in his hand, according to police. When he fled into his home and shut the lights, Officer Steve Vernon secured a position and called for backup, police said.
Arcidiacono dialed 9-1-1 and attempted to explain his actions, and the 9-1-1 operator told him to leave the house without the gun and surrender, according to police. He exited his home, but didn't follow commands given by officers on the scene, according to police.
According to police, Arcidiacono didn't have the weapon on him when he exited the house.
"However, when someone exits their home or vehicle they are given commands to follow so that patrol can ensure they have no weapon," Sgt. Donna Higbee said via email Monday afternoon. "Example: hands in the air and turn around slowly so patrol can view the entire body for any hidden weapons."
After not following these commands, he was tackled to the ground and taken into custody, police said. Police determined he didn't have the weapon on him at that point, Higbee said.
A search warrant of his home uncovered numerous knives and firearms, according to police. Officers on the scene recovered four firearms and three knives, police said. One of those firearms matched the gun described by Officer Vernon, police said.
Arcidiacono was charged with a noise complaint, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, terroristic threats, resisting arrest and obstruction of justice. He was lodged in the Atlantic County Justice Facility in default of $15,000 cash bail.