Wanted Fugitive Barricaded Himself Inside Atlantic City Home: Police

A wanted fugitive was arrested with the help of SWAT and the Bonb Squad after barricading himself inside a residence, authorities said.

Atlantic City police

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At approximately 8:20 a.m. on Thursday, June 23, detectives Darrin Lorady and Eric Evans of the Special Investigations Section were conducting an investigation at a residence in the 300 block of north Tennessee Avenue. 

While conducting their investigation they observed and immediately recognized Omar Butcher, a man they knew was wanted for an outstanding warrant, open the front door to a neighboring residence.

The warrant was related to a domestic violence incident that occurred on May 28, police said.

Butcher retreated back into the residence and closed the door. 

The detectives soon learned that an acquaintance of Butcher, Claria Barrigher, was also inside the residence. Both Butcher and Barrigher refused to exit the residence, police said.

Members of the department’s SWAT Team, Crisis Negotiations Team, and the Bomb Squad responded. Detective Lorady, who is also a crisis negotiator, made contact with Barrigher via cellphone. After approximately three hours of negotiating, both Butcher and Barrigher exited the residence and were taken into custody without further incident.

Butcher, 29, of Atlantic City was charged with obstruction and resisting arrest. 

Butcher was issued a summons pending a future court date. He was being held in the Atlantic County Justice Facility for the outstanding warrant. 

Barrigher was issued a summons for obstruction and resisting arrest. 

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact the Atlantic City Police Department Criminal Investigations Section at 609-347-5766 or text anonymously to tip411 (847411). Begin the text with ACPD.

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