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Durham police say 911 call about a murder, hostage situation was a hoax

Durham police respond to hostage threat hoax

Durham police respond to a threat of a hostage situation on Whispering Oak Lane on October 16, 2017. The incident turned out to be a hoax, police said.
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Durham police respond to a threat of a hostage situation on Whispering Oak Lane on October 16, 2017. The incident turned out to be a hoax, police said.

Durham police said a call to 911 that prompted police to converge on the Cardinal Lake residential neighborhood Monday morning was a hoax.

Police who were first dispatched to the home on the 1300 block of Whispering Oak Lane were told a man said he had killed his brother, was holding a family hostage and claiming he had access to explosive material and would blow up the house.

Police blocked off an about two block radius surrounding the house. Police cars, fire trucks and ambulances lined the street.

Emergency officials started clearing the scene around 10:30 a.m.

A Durham police officer on the scene described the situation as a fake hostage call, and the family had nothing to do with it. Police tried to trace the call, but weren’t successful, he said.

The call was not made from within the home, the officer said.

“It has been determined that it was a false call,” said Durham police spokeswoman Kammie Michael in an email.

Colin Warren-Hicks: 919-419-6636, @CWarrenHicks

Virginia Bridges: 919-829-8924, @virginiabridges

The News & Observer staff reporter Ron Gallagher contributed to this report.

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