Atlantic County Fugitive Arrested After 24-Hour Standoff with SWAT; Neighbors Feel Relief

A tense 24-hour standoff in an Egg Harbor Township neighborhood has finally ended with the capture of one of Atlantic County Sheriff’s Office’s most wanted fugitives.

The standoff began on Thursday morning and stretched into Friday afternoon, leaving the local community in shock.

Neighbor Gabrielle Tauscher, Toth-Gaetano, said, “This kind of thing just doesn’t happen around here, ever. It was quite unsettling.”

SWAT officers, along with the US Marshal’s Office, were visible for blocks as they worked to resolve the situation. They were after Prentiss Baylock, a 37-year-old fugitive wanted for several serious crimes, including child abuse, aggravated assault, terroristic threats, theft, and resisting arrest.

It’s unclear how the standoff started, but after over 24 hours barricaded inside his property on Ivins Avenue, Baylock was finally located. His house had partly burned down in a recent fire.

Tauscher, Toth-Gaetano, recalled, “I noticed a lot of police around 9 a.m., and I thought, ‘Oh no, something serious is happening.’ There were around 20 police officers, SWAT teams, flags, and shotguns.”

Atlantic County Fugitive Arrested After 24-Hour Standoff with SWAT; Neighbors Feel Relief

Egg Harbor Township Police Department investigators confirmed that Baylock was apprehended around 1 p.m. on Friday.

Tauscher, Toth-Gaetano, added, “It’s a relief to know that he’s been taken care of, however necessary.”

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Despite the resolution, many in the close-knit neighborhood still feel uneasy. One anonymous resident said, “Fear gripped my heart. It was a long night. We had kids crying because they were scared.”

Ultimately, there’s a sense of relief among the community as normalcy begins to return.

Investigators mentioned that Baylock was taken for a medical evaluation before being brought to jail.

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