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Amsterdam man faces assault, weapons charges

AMSTERDAM — A 47-year-old resident was charged on attempted assault and weapon charges after allegedly threatening two family members with two separate firearms on Dec. 24.

Joseph M. Piasecki Jr., of Amsterdam was charged by Montgomery County sheriff’s deputies with second-degree attempted assault, second-decree menacing and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

Piasecki was arrested on an arrest warrant issued by Florida Town Court Judge Stephen Brown, according to a press release.

The warrant was issued after an investigation into allegations that Piasecki threatened two family members with two separate firearms on Dec. 24 and then barricaded himself inside his residence.

Responding to the incident on Dec. 24 was the Regional Montgomery County-Amsterdam Police Department SWAT Team to assist personnel already on scene.

After several failed attempts to have Piasecki voluntarily exit his home, the SWAT team entered his home and made the arrest without incident.

He was arraigned and released on his own recognizance, and is to appear at Florida Town Court at a later date.

There were two orders of protection granted to protect the two victims in this incident.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department was assisted by the Amsterdam Police Department and state police.

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