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Hostage claim ruled a hoax

By Caitlin Rickard crickard@lebanondemocrat.com • Dec 15, 2015 at 2:47 PM

A false hostage situation kept deputies occupied Saturday in Mt. Juliet.

Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan said deputies received a call stating a female and small child were being held against their will at 5440 Central Pike.

“Officers arrived at the residence and were unable to make any contact with anyone at the residence,” Bryan said. 

According to Bryan, the complainant said the subjects were being held against their will and that he had been texting one of the individuals inside the house recently, who said they were not allowed to answer the door when deputies arrived. He also told them that the subject holding them had a weapon.

A perimeter on the home was secured and the Special Response Team, as well as the Hostage Negotiations Team was called to the scene, Bryan said. After several attempts to contact anyone in the home, again no contact could be made.

Bryan said deputies later learned that the complainant was the ex-husband of the female who was supposedly in the house.

“Investigators were able to determine that the complainant called in this call to get back at the female because of an ongoing domestic situation,” Bryan said.

After a few hours, investigators were able to contact the female, who was in another city with family.

“Any time you have a call like this, we have to respond accordingly, which we did, and we were prepared as if it had been a hostage situation,” Bryan said. 

When it was found that the call was a hoax, all personnel left the scene.

Bryan said investigators know the identity of the complainant and they are trying to locate him. He said criminal charges are expected for filing a false report, as well as possible other charges. He said restitution would also be requested as it relates to the resources and the cost of the situation to the county.

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