Aaron Frazier stood outside the cordoned-off area, pacing back and forth while looking down the street filled with more than 14 marked and unmarked squad cars including the black vehicle of the Goshen Police Emergency Response Team.
“I told the police he’s my best friend and I’m willing to try and negotiate and get him outside,” Frazier said. “The officer told me he had threatened to kill the president and harm himself and others. Out of nowhere he flips out. It’s about money and he’s bipolar schizophrenic. He’s an Army veteran. He needs to be in a VA (Veterans Affairs) hospital. “
Frazier says he spends time with his friend every day at the apartment.
“If I had showed up 30 to 40 minutes ago, this wouldn’t have happened. I’m like the peacemaker and try to avoid trouble,” Frazier said. “I’m surprised at the extent (of behavior). I wouldn’t expect this type of behavior. He’s normally not a bad guy. We play video games and hang out.”
An uncle of the man, who declined to give his name, said his nephew was off his medicines because of money issues.
“I would like to see him at a VA medical health facility. That’s where he needs to be because of his psyche problems,” the uncle said.
After the man was escorted from the house, the woman who declined to give her name said police told her she had to wait while officers searched the building for bombs.
“I can’t believe he told them he had a bomb in there,” the woman said. “That’s what police told me. I just want to go home and finish my dishes.”
Margaret Watts sat on a park bench in front of Goshen City Hall at 5:45 p.m. She lives in the same apartment house on the top floor.