Neighbors confined to homes throughout 30-hour standoff

A standoff that lasted nearly 30 hours came to an end early Tuesday morning. State Troopers said that 42-year-old Matthew Bienick barricaded himself inside of his home after a domestic abuse incident brought Troopers to the home.

Posted: Dec 10, 2019 6:33 PM
Updated: Dec 10, 2019 6:34 PM

RUSSIA, N.Y. -- A standoff that lasted nearly 30 hours came to an end early Tuesday morning, after state troopers said that 42-year-old Mathew Bienick barricaded himself inside of his home after a domestic abuse incident.

Neighbors in the surrounding houses were not allowed to leave their homes during the standoff after police set up a perimter around Military and Russia roads. One of Bienick's neighbors, Michael Morganstern, witnessed the entire incident after he was confined to his home throughout the standoff.

"We had gone inside and then they showed up and there was just a lot of noise coming from the neighborhood and it was basically right out my bedroom window. I opened the front door to look and I got hollered at to get back inside," said Morganstern.

Morganstern was forced to call into work and his children could not go to school.

During the incident, Morganstern says state police used what he thinks was a percussion grenade, that created a blast so powerful, it shook his home.

Neighbors could also hear state police trying to communicate with Bienick over the loudspeaker, after bringing in numerous resources such as their crisis response team as well as their Special Operations Response Team (SORT).

State police said that Bienick eventually surrendered to police at around midnight on Tuesday morning. He faces several charges including criminal possession of a weapon and menacing.

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