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Garfield police identify wanted man thought to be armed after SWAT call

Photo Credit: Cliffview Pilot File Photo
Photo Credit: Cliffview Pilot

HAVE YOU SEEN HIM? Garfield police tonight identified a man being sought on an arrest warrant who they initially believed was armed inside a friend’s house, prompting a call to the Bergen County SWAT team.

They didn’t say why they’re looking for 30-year-old Ariel Drapczynksi, however.

“Officers made contact with Drapczynski attempting to have him turn himself in, but he terminated contact with [them],” Detective Capt. Darren Sucorowski told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .

A perimeter was established around his friend’s Plauderville Avenue residence after police received information that Drapczynksi was there — and armed.

The street was closed between Shaw and Main streets in the mixed-use neighborhood as Elmwood Park police joined Garfield and the BCPD at the scene.

Several area residents were relocated to Fire Company #5’s firehouse in the neighborhood.

It was later determined that Drapczynksi wasn’t there — or at two other residences that police checked, Sucorowski said.

If you’ve seen Drapczynksi or know where to find him, the captain asked that you call local police or his department: 973-478-8500 .

DO NOT engage him yourself, he said.

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