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Galloway Police Recover Four Firearms, Three Knives Following Response to a Noise Complaint

When police arrived, the man answered the door with a gun retreated into his home, but came out following a call to 9-1-1.

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.

Anna Bennett Ruiz Stone January 14, 2013 at 11:33 PM
$15,000. bail for a noise violation ?? Why were his firearms taken ?? They were in his house.
Galloway Guy January 15, 2013 at 03:15 AM
You can't fairly comment on this incident without reading the report. We don't know what the noises reported were. Consider this, if you were the officer that responded and the noise sounded like a gagged woman yelling for help and as the front door opens there's a guy with a gun in your face, what would you do? Not saying this was the case but your only reading minimal details.
Madison January 15, 2013 at 07:19 AM
They don't always take the guns either. If he was in his own home, most cops just ask if he would voluntarily give them over. I've seen it happen and I disagree with it 100%
Diogenes January 15, 2013 at 02:02 PM
I'm sure the police will wait and call you for advice the next time they respond to a call when a person comes to the door with a gun in his hand.
Charles Michel January 15, 2013 at 02:18 PM
true , hard to make a fair comment with only what is in this report . but i dont see where he committed any crime . late Sunday night a knock on door , not sure who it was , answered door with gun for his own protection . after answering door / closed door and called 911 {did nt we just have had a fake officer story } as per the 911 operator he put his weapon away and came out side as requested . then was tackled and his house searched . then was charged unlawful purpose { self defense ? }, resisting arrest { how? he came out } obstruction of justice ? {i dont see how this fits } i know i would have some un happy things to say if this happened to me i would like to known what the noise was ? and who made the complaint ? how about following up ?
thomas gerrard February 06, 2013 at 06:49 PM
Yes it's open for discussion. The police tend to exaggerate at times when you appear to not humbly submit. They are withholding more of incident so its still up for speculation.

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