Man calls 911 for hoax hostage situation
Police received a call late Monday night regarding a hostage situation that turned out to be a hoax, according to Chief Charles Bockey Jr. of the Stephens City Police Department.
Bockey said his department received a call from a male at 8:30 p.m. claiming to be holding his wife and daughter hostage at 5148 Main St. in Stephens City.
The man claimed to be addicted to methamphetamine and demanded $20,000 as ransom or he would shoot them both with a .44 caliber firearm, Bockey said.
However, upon investigating the scene, authorities discovered the call was a hoax called in by a man asking a 12-year-old resident of the home to send him nude pictures over the internet. He said he would call a S.W.A.T. team on her if she refused, Bockey said.
After the girl refused him, he proceeded to call the threat in to the Frederick County Emergency Communications Center.
Bockey said after arriving on the scene, officers spoke on the phone with the girl to confirm her well being, and then handcuffed her father before determining the call to be deceitful.
“We came in to find out it was all a big hoax,” Bockey said.
The victim and her family voluntarily turned over the girl’s cell phone and computer to the police.
Bockey said the girl first connected with the 911 caller on the internet, but he did not know how.
No one has been arrested in the incident, as of late Monday, and the case is still under investigation.
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