One Dead, One Charged After Beverly Barricade Stand-Off Ends, Children Safely Released

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BEVERLY CITY, NJ – A man who barricaded himself inside a Beverly City home with a woman and children was arrested on Tuesday. Inside, police found the bludgeoned body of Celciolo Luciano.

Burlington County Acting Prosecutor LaChia L. Bradshaw and Beverly City Public Safety Director Rich Wolbert announced that charges had been filed against a man who barricaded himself in a Beverly City residence early Tuesday morning when police went to the Bentley Avenue home after receiving information that a homicide had been committed there a short time earlier.

“The situation came to the attention of the Beverly City Police Department at approximately 1:15 a.m. yesterday when they were contacted by a woman who indicated she had received a call from a man she knew who was inside the residence at the time. The woman said Larry Brown, 27, told her that another man in the home, Cecilio Luciano, had been killed,” the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office said.

At this time, police have not released a motive, and no charges have been filed yet in the death of Luciano.

“Police became aware that a woman and four children resided at the home and were present with Brown. When contacted by police, Brown refused to exit the house, but the woman and kids emerged unharmed over the next several hours. Brown came out at approximately 8:30 a.m. and was taken into custody,” police said. “The New Jersey State Police TEAMS Unit entered the home and discovered Luciano’s body. The preliminary investigation, utilizing information provided by some of the occupants, indicated that Luciano, 34, of Highland Park, had been fatally shot.”