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‘Erratic’ man with gun blew kisses at cops during 3-hour standoff at N.J. hotel, authorities say

A guest at a Middlesex County hotel was arrested after a standoff with police that lasted nearly three hours, authorities said Monday.

Louis Smith, 46, was staying at the Hotel Vicenza on Route 1 in South Brunswick when he had an argument with a staff member about 2 p.m. and pulled out a gun, according to police.

Police surrounded the building and attempted to speak with the suspect as he repeatedly paced between the front breezeway and rear balcony of his second-floor room, according to South Brunswick Police Chief Raymond Hayducka.

“Officers were confronted by a gunman who threatened to harm others and was acting out,” Police Chief Raymond Hayducka said in a statement.

During the standoff, Smith “kept yelling profanities at unoccupied cars in the parking lot” and at one point used his cellphone to record himself blowing kisses at police officers, the chief said.

“Smith’s erratic behavior continued with him yelling about diabetes and who he was going to vote for,” Hayducka said.

After officers spoke with the suspect’s sister, he opened the door to his hotel room and police Detective Rick Delucia and Officer Kent English grabbed him, arresting him on the breezeway, Hayducka said.

Inside the room, police armed with a search warrant found a loaded 9mm handgun, two magazines loaded with ammo, 27 ounces of marijuana, black gloves, black ski mask, baggies and a scale, according to Hayducka.

Smith was charged with aggravated assault with a firearm, terroristic threats, distribution of CDS and weapons charges. Police said Smith is originally from New Brunswick but had been staying at the hotel for about two weeks.

Smith was taken for evaluation to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, where he allegedly threw urine at hospital staff and spit in the faces of police officers while handcuffed to a bed, Hayducka said.

Police charged him with two additional counts of aggravated assault, according to the chief.

Hayducka on Monday credited the officers with safely arresting the suspect.

“So often you only hear of these cases when officers are forced into a deadly situation,” Hayducka said. “Officers used de-escalation techniques and time to safely take him into custody. This is a credit to the officers and their training.”

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