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Norwalk man arrested after threatening woman with knife, causing standoff, police say


NORWALK, Conn. (WTNH/AP) — A Norwalk man has been arrested after he allegedly threatened a woman with a knife and caused a standoff with police.

The incident happened morning at the home of 52-year-old Joseph Sander

Around 10:30, officers were called to Creeping Hemlock Drive after reports that Sander was trying to hurt another person.

Officers said when they arrived they found the woman on the front steps with Sander standing next to her with a knife. The woman was able to get away and Sander returned to his home.

The Emergency Services Unit responded to the scene and Crisis Negotiators made contact with Sander via telephone and convinced him to surrender without incident. He was then taken into custody.

He was charged with reckless endangerment, threatening, and disorderly conduct. He was booked under a $250,000 bond.

Authorities allege he threatened workers at Stamford Hospital earlier this month, the Associated Press reports.

During a call to the Department of Mental Health, he allegedly said they were “lucky he didn’t shoot the place up” for his alleged experience at the hospital.

Earlier this month, police seized seven handguns, two rifles, and a shotgun, along with ammunition, on a warrant for a “person posing risk to self or others.” He was not charged.

In 2011, Sanders allegedly threatened his wife’s parents and to shoot the police. Police seized his firearms but they were later returned.

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