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Cops: Domestic dispute prompts charges, SWAT response, shelter in place in Newtown Township


A Newtown Township man faces charges of simple assault, making terroristic threats and harassment following a domestic dispute that prompted a shelter-in-place advisory and a Bucks County SWAT Team response to Headley Trace Sunday morning.

Charged in the incident was John William Spiropoulos, 34, of Independence Place, according to court documents.

Police said they were first called to the neighborhood just before 7 a.m. after a third party reported the victim’s boyfriend, identified as Spiropoulos, had pointed a gun at her head during an argument and assaulted her.

Responding officers located the alleged victim, who said Spiropoulos had grabbed her by the hair and struck her in the face multiple times while threatening her and pointing a gun at her.

Police went to Spiropoulos’ home and activated the Bucks County South Central SWAT Team. Neighboring residences were evacuated and a shelter-in-place advisory was issued that lasted about three hours.

According to court documents, Spiropoulos was reached by phone and told police he was walking around the neighborhood. He was taken into custody without incident.

Spiropoulos was arraigned Sunday night by District Judge Maggie Snow and taken to Bucks County Correctional Facility in lieu of 10% of $50,000 bail, which was posted for him on Monday. He is awaiting a preliminary hearing that is scheduled for March 28.

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