Atlantic City Fugitive Barricaded Himself Inside Home As Police Arrived for His Arrest

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ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – When Atlantic City Police arrived on North Tennessee Avenue, they recognized a man they knew was wanted on an active arrest warrant. The man was wanted on a domestic violence charge in May.

Omar Butcher, 29, then entered the front door of a home and barricaded himself inside as police approached.

At approximately 8:20 AM, on Thursday, Atlantic City Police Department 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 male 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, 2022,” the department said in a statement. “Upon noticing the detectives, 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 bomb squad responded. Detective Lorady, who is also a crisis negotiator, made contact with Barrigher via cellphone,” according to an incident report. “After approximately 3 hours of negotiating, both Butcher and Barrigher exited the residence and were taken into custody without further incident.”