Part of hotel evacuated after man threatened with a handgun

Tuesday, 21 November 2017, 01:00:17 PM. A portion of a Bridgewater hotel was evacuated on Nov. 9, 2017, after police were told a guest inside one of the rooms was threatened with a handgun, the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office reported.

SOMERVILLE - A portion of a Bridgewater hotel was evacuated after police were told a guest inside one of the rooms was threatened with a handgun, the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office reported.

Bridgewater hotel threatDeborah L. Nickerson, 35, and Justin M. Matthews, 37, both of Manville

Justin M. Matthews, 37, and Deborah L. Nickerson, 35, both of Manville, were arrested after police were called to a hotel located on Route 22 in Bridgewater at 8:11 a.m. on Nov. 9, Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson said.

The name of the hotel was not released.

The victim told police that Matthews pointed a semi-automatic handgun while threatening him, according to the prosecutor's office.

Police set up a perimeter and evacuated guests in nearby rooms. Both Matthews and Nickerson were taken into custody after police spoke to Matthews by telephone, according to the prosecutor's office.

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A 9mm semi-automatic handgun, along with a .32 caliber revolver, were recovered from the room, the prosecutor's office reported.

Matthews was charged with two counts of second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose, certain persons not possess weapons and fourth-degree aggravated assault, it was reported. Nickerson was charged with two counts of second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon and certain persons not possess weapons.

Both were held in the Somerset County Jail pending a detention hearing.

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