Lawyer: Suspect was drunk during Yorktown standoff

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YORKTOWN -

A man who was taken into custody after a standoff at his Yorktown home on Tuesday evening was drunk at the time of the incident, according to his lawyer.

David Grolz, 40, was arraigned Wednesday a day after police in heavy artillery converged on his Crompond Road home following reports of an assault there.

In court, Grolz's lawyer says was he was drunk when he apparently assaulted a man at his house. There is no word on who the victim is.

"When they arrived, they met the victim, who appeared to have been punched by somebody," says Lt. Tom Gentner, of the Yorktown Police Department.

Police say they heard what sounded like a shotgun being packed inside in the house when they knocked on Grolz's door to investigate the incident.

Grolz did have a shotgun, which prompted a massive police response and a partial shutdown of Route 202.

After a few hours, a hostage negotiator convinced Grolz to give himself up, and he was taken into custody.

Bail for Grolz was set at $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond. The judge also ordered him to stay away from the victim and another witness to the incident.

Police say no shots were fired by the suspect or the officers.

Grolz is due back in court next week. He is facing assault and weapons charges.

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