JENKINTOWN — A 37-year-old Jenkintown man was arrested June 1 after he allegedly beat up his girlfriend and held the police at bay for about five hours.
Jenkintown police received a call at 4:54 a.m. of a domestic incident with an assault at Beaver Hill West, 100 West Ave., according to police Chief Albert DiValentino.
Officers responded and met with the female victim, who had escaped to a neighbor’s apartment and had “visible injuries to her face and arms,” DiValentino said. She was transported to Abington Memorial Hospital, where she was treated for injuries to her face and wrist and released, he said.
The woman told police her boyfriend, Richard Wilezol, who assaulted her after an argument, was intoxicated and may have taken Adderall, DiValentino said. The victim told police her boyfriend had weapons, but did not threaten her with any weapons, he said.
Officers kept banging on the door to the seventh-floor apartment, where Wilezol lives, but were unable to make verbal or visible contact with him, DiValentino said.
SWAT was called in because “we knew there were weapons in the apartment and there was violence in this police call, and he wasn’t responding at all,” DiValentino said.
Residents of the seventh-floor were told to shelter in place, he said.
“Police were on the floor, banging on the door and finally coaxed him to come out,” DiValentino said. At 10:19 a.m. Wilezol opened the door and was arrested, he said.
Wilezol was charged with aggravated assault, strangulation, simple assault, false imprisonment, recklessly endangering another person, harassment, unlawful restraint and terroristic threats, according to online court records.
He was arraigned before District Judge Deborah Lukens and taken to Montgomery County Prison on $500,000 bail. He was released after bail was posted by bond the next day.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 20 before District Judge Elizabeth McHugh Casey.