Police Respond to Hostage Hoax at Office Building - NBC 7 San Diego

Police Respond to Hostage Hoax at Office Building



    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.

    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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