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After a 13-hour standoff, Prince George’s police peacefully apprehended a man possibly armed with a knife that had been barricaded inside his Langley Park home early Wednesday morning.

The man was unharmed when taken into custody and was transported to an area hospital for an emergency medical evaluation, said Cpl. Clinton Copeland, a county police spokesman.

According to county police, the man in the 8500 block of 14th Place placed a call to 911 after 1 a.m. and sounded “mentally unstable” to dispatchers taking the call.

Copeland said after receiving the 911 call, negotiators and officers in the special enforcement division were dispatched to negotiate the man out of the single-family home.

A mobile command post was set up several blocks away in the parking lot of the Regency Furniture department store in the 8000 block of New Hampshire Avenue. Copeland said negotiators spoke with the man several times throughout the day before he was apprehended around 2:30 p.m.

“It appears he is diagnosed with some type of medical condition. We believe he was making threats,” Copeland said.

Police have not said what type of medical condition the man may be suffering from or what the 911 call specifically entailed.

Linda Walker, 58, a neighbor on 14th Place identified the man as “Anthony” and said he moved to the area about 12 years ago.

Alphonso Wright, 63, said he has lived in the same block since 1989, but has not met the man involved in the barricade.

“I don’t know why people do that stuff. It only makes it worse,” he said. “Seems like in this world we live in, nothing is really a shock.”

Police said any potential charges would be decided after the medical evaluation is complete.

His identity has not been released, police said.

The last barricade incident within Prince George’s was on Dec. 18 in Adelphi after more than seven hours of negotiating, according to county police reports. In that situation, officers made their way into the residence to find the barricaded man attempting to commit suicide after two people had escaped the apartment safely. Officers intervened and the man, Carlos Pierola, was transported to an area hospital, county police had said.

Pierola, 24, was ultimately charged with resisting arrest, false imprisonment, concealing a dangerous weapon and other charges not related to the barricade, according to online Prince George’s circuit court records.

djgross@gazette.net