Indian Point Worker Arrested for Menacing Police with Rifle

Roy Spangenberger, 57, of Peekskill, is scheduled to appear in Peekskill city court on Oct. 9.


A 57-year-old Peekskill man employed by the Indian Point Energy Center in Buchanan is scheduled to appear in Peekskill city court next week after he allegedly menaced police with a loaded rifle Friday.

Roy Spangenberger, 57, of Peekskill, was arrested Monday afternoon and charged with menacing a police officer, a felony.

At 1:30 a.m, Peekskill police said they responded to Spangenberger’s home to investigate a noise complaint. Police stood at the door for several minutes and tried to get Spangenberger to answer.

Spangenberger eventually answered the door while carrying a rifle. Police ran for cover and ordered Spangenberger to drop the rifle, but he refused and went back inside.

Spangenberger surrendered himself after negotiators convinced him to come outside voluntarily. He was taken into custody and transported to Phelps Memorial Hospital Center in Sleepy Hollow for a psychiatric evaluation.

Police arrested Spangenberger upon his release. He was arraigned and sent to Westchester County Jail without bail. His next court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 9.

Police confirmed that Spangenberger is employed by Indian Point. Indian Point officials were unavailable for comment Tuesday evening.

Jill Gertz October 02, 2012 at 10:27 PM
I have been more concerned about people working INSIDE that plant than people trying to do harm from the outside. A few years ago an engineer from there killed himself and his family. Co-workers were quoted having past concerns and some relief he didn't go off at work. Of course there were also guards busted for drugs and sleeping on the job. If there was ever a prolonged crisis like there was in Japan, I have no doubt many of the people working there would just run away (unlike Japan). The military should run plants this close to huge population centers.
Tom October 03, 2012 at 05:32 AM
Jill,I would guess you don't know a soul who works INSIDE the plant. For you to make a comment that the military should run the plant is moronic at best. Does Fort Hood in 2009 or Edwards Air Force Base in 1998 ring a bell to you? How about Fort Bragg this past June? My point is people snap,do drugs and sleep in ALL walks of life and from ALL occupations.From teachers to cops and firemen to the clergy and politicians.Does that make it right? Of course not.But to make an assinine assumption that Indian Point workers would run from a problem or crisis at the plant is not only baseless but pernicious.I say this from 26 years experience working there,not from reading the sensationalized b.s. hyperbole that sells newspapers.Do not believe all you read or hear on t.v.
Jill Gertz October 03, 2012 at 06:26 AM
I've known quite a few IP staff since I worked as a waitress, bartender and lifeguard at local motel. Right now I can even tell you which bar you could likely find a couple IP ex-submariners who like to get blasted with some regularity (one guy couldn't even see his feet last time I saw him) his beer belly was so big). A random terrorist strike like Ft Hood is no comparison to staff leaving a disaster. Japanese staff stayed at at Fukushima for days knowing they could die. While I am sure there are IP people who would do the same I'm not expecting they (on the whole) would do as well as the Japanese did - and certainly not as good as the military would do. I'm not that complimentary toward the average American these days never mind just IP staff. If there was a crisis at IP I would bet more than a fair few would say "Ef-it..aint worth what they pay me" and head for the exit.
RealTimeRufus October 03, 2012 at 11:25 AM
"Police ran for cover" - Peekskill's Finest. "but he refused and went back inside" - Gotta hand it to Roy. They said give up the piece. He said, no, I think I'll go back inside. Roy did nothing wrong. Nowhere in the story is there any "menacing" of police. We need more men like Roy Spangenberger, America's true hero.
Joe October 03, 2012 at 01:02 PM
I doubt that you know many people that work at Indian Point. As at many places of employment there are a large diversity of people working there. I believe that you would not know any of the people that do not drink at all, or the vast majority that have families and go directly home after work each day. Also, many of the employees there are former members of the military. I have been working there over 25 years and over that time, whenever there is an emergency due to weather or problems at the plant (fires or blackouts), I have known many employees that voluntarily came in to work even when their own homes may have been in jeopardy or their families in difficulty. Joe
Angel125 October 04, 2012 at 11:43 AM
What does his place of employment have to do with this? Is it Indian Points falt that this happened? PLEASE!
BlueeyedB October 16, 2012 at 03:31 AM
Any word on the outcome of this?
Krackbear October 26, 2012 at 02:11 PM
I have known many employees at Indian Point over the years. They are dedicated professionals who make many personal sacrifices on behalf of the people in the community near Indian Point and more generally, where IP provides services. Similar to many other companies, in an effort to be more profitable, the management of Indian Point has cut back on employees, thereby increasing job responsibilities and for many of the people who work at IP, this creates an overtime situation, which then lapses into their private lives. The pressure of performance at Indian Point is great and one could argue that it should be given the materials they work with, and the result that an error could cost the surrounding community. Still, to perform under this pressure for years, takes it's toll. How about we be more human, and have some empathy for those that have broken under the pressure of performance while balancing personal issues, either personal or economic.


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