SWAT team called in on woman after argument over parking space escalates

State police cruiser (file).

MERIDEN, Conn. (WTNH)–A dispute over a parking spot quickly escalated into a stand-off involving a SWAT team in Meriden on Friday night.

Police said 48-year old Regine Rivers of 775 West Main Street in Meriden confronted a neighbor at the Hubbard Park Condominiums with a knife after receiving a note on her car around 3:30 p.m. The note chastised Rivers for parking in between two spaces in the condominium parking lot.

Other residents who witnessed the incident phoned police. When police arrived at the scene, they found Rivers locked in her apartment. She refused to talk to police and proceeded to turn the music up on her stereo to drown them out, according to the police report.

Police said Rivers threatened to burn down the building and also threatened to start shooting residents with a 9mm handgun. Authorities contacted CL&P to shut off the power in the building so that they could communicate with Rivers.

A SWAT team and hostage negotiation team was called in.

Rivers finally opened the door and was taken into custody thereafter. She was taken to a local hospital and will undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

Charges are still pending. She is being held on $500,000 bond.

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