Report of hostage taking in Saskatoon turns out to be hoax

Report of hostage taking in Saskatoon turns out to be hoax
Saskatoon police called to hoax hostage situation in citys east end
Officers say a man called in to the Saskatoon Police Service at about 8:40 a.m., identified himself and told police he was at a home on Lucyk Crescent where he was holding two people hostage.

Saskatoon police responded Monday morning to what they thought was a hostage situation in the Willowgrove area.

Hostage call turns out to be a hoax

Officers say a man called into the Saskatoon Police Service at about 8:40 a.m., identified himself and told police he was at a home on Lucyk Crescent where he was holding two people hostage.

"If you've got 10 or 12 police officers, a canine unit, an ambulance unit deployed to one certain part of the city, obviously there are other parts of the city that are being left alone or neglected," said Obst.

The man told police he had shot one of the hostages in the knee and demanded a ransom. He also said he was equipped with firearms and explosive devices, according to police.

Once on the scene, police and personnel from Medavie Health Services West quickly realized the call was a hoax and that residents inside the home were not in any way involved in the incident.

Once police officers, including a member of the tactical unit and a member of the K9 unit, arrived at the sleepy neighbourhood, the call turned out to be "a 100 per cent hoax."

Police were able to track down another man, whose name was used by the caller, but determined he wasnt involved in the hoax.

A Saskatoon resident living in the city's Willowgrove neighbourhood found his street swarming with at least 12 police cars and cruisers Monday morning.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact the Saskatoon Police Service at 306-975-8300 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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A situation involving a man calling the Saskatoon Police Service claiming he held two people hostage and had guns and explosives was a hoax. 

The call resulted in a significant police response in the Willowgrove part of the city, according to a press release. At 8:40 a.m., a man called Saskatoon police, identified himself and claimed he was at a residence on Lucyk Crescent and was holding two people hostage. The caller also claimed he had shot one of the hostages in the knee, demanded a ransom and said he was armed with guns and explosives.

Just after 8:30 a.m. Monday morning, a man called police saying he was at a home on Lucyk Crescent in the Willowgrove neighbourhood and was holding two people hostage. 

The caller demanded a ransom after claiming he had shot one of the hostages in the knee and had guns and explosive devices, according to a police news release. 

Police paramedics responded, but soon determined that the call was a hoax and that the residents at the home on Lucyk Crescent were not involved in any way.

Police located a man in the city with the name given by the caller, but found he was also not involved. Police are continuing to investigate the hoax, but said there is currently very little information to go on.

The man whose name the caller had used was located at another home, and he also was not involved, police say. 

A watch commander with the Saskatoon Police Service said that while police don’t use the term swatting, the event did have many similarities with other instances of swatting.

The investigation is ongoing as officers try to determine who actually made the call. Police say at this point there is very little additional information.

After arriving at the home the caller claimed to be calling from, police determined the call was a hoax, and that the residents in the home were not involved with the call.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the SPS at 306-975-8300 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call the Saskatoon Police Service at 306-975-8300 or Saskatoon CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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