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Swatted: New Jersey Hostage Situation at Dry Cleaners Turns Out to Be Hoax

Investigators say anonymous call reporting that two people were being held hostage in a North Jersey dry cleaning business and had bombs strapped to them turned out to be a hoax.

Bergenfield police received a call from a man late Saturday night, who claimed he was holding the hostages at gunpoint. The caller said he would shoot himself, the hostages and anyone who came near the building.

Borough police officers and county law enforcement agency teams surrounded the businesses shortly before midnight and entered the structure a short time later, but no one was found inside the building.

Authorities say the hoax call is the latest in a series of recent "swatting'' incidents, where a caller falsely reports an emergency or hostage situation.

Copyright AP - Associated Press
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