Fleetwood Police evacuated residents and closed off traffic to East Washington Street in Fleetwood Borough for about two hours as police negotiated the surrender of an armed man in a Fleetwood home on Aug. 2.

At about 5 p.m. the victim, a 24-year-old Fleetwood man, “who was visibly distraught and shoeless, came to the Fleetwood Police Station seeking assistance,” said Fleetwood Police Officer Joel Gallo in a police report.

According to the report, the victim advised police that he awoke to find Daniel Kimmel, 28, Bethlehem, in his residence pointing a revolver at him and holding a large knife in his other hand.

“The victim engaged Kimmel in conversation and managed to place himself in a position to flee when they went out onto the porch to smoke a cigarette,” he said.

Gallo reported that neighbors in the immediate vicinity of the incident on East Washington Street were evacuated and traffic was detoured around the scene for about two hours. Fleetwood Police were assisted at the scene by Northern Berks Regional Police, Kutztown Police, Kutztown University Police, the Berks County Emergency Response Team and Fleetwood Fire Company EMS and Fire police.

“After a lengthy negotiation process Kimmel surrendered to police and was taken into custody without incident. He was distraught at the time of his arrest and was taken to a local hospital for evaluation,” said Gallo.

Criminal charges for burglary, simple assault, terroristic threats, unlawful restraint, criminal mischief, theft and recklessly endangering another person were filed and preliminary arraignment is pending Kimmel’s release from the hospital.

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