Police Respond to Hostage Hoax at Office Building

By Monica Garske
|  Tuesday, Jan 14, 2014  |  Updated 2:43 PM PDT
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Police Respond to Hostage Hoax at Office Building

An aerial view of police officers surrounding an office building in Kearny Mesa where a caller falsely reported an armed man holding victims hostage.

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A hoax involving a fake hostage situation and report of an armed man at a Kearny Mesa office building led to a large police response in the area Tuesday afternoon, authorities confirmed.

According to officials, San Diego police received a call at around 1:40 p.m. reporting that a man with a gun was allegedly holding people hostage inside an office building located at 9444 Balboa Ave.

Multiple police officers responded to the scene but quickly determined the call was a hoax.

By 2:15 p.m., officials confirmed there was no armed man or hostages inside the building. Though officers set up a perimeter and scoured the building, the office was not evacuated. No one was injured in the incident and the building was cleared shortly thereafter.

According to police, the original call – placed by an unknown person – came into the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department communications center and was transferred to police dispatch.
 

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