Dan Stamm

Man Claims Wife Being Held by Armed Intruders in Home Made False Claims: Police

Emergency response teams descended on a Chester County neighborhood lined with large suburban homes Wednesday morning amid reports that two armed intruders were holding a woman in a home.

The claims made by the caller the caused the armed standoff along Welsh Ayers Way in Uwchlan Township just after 8 turned out to be false, Uwchlan Township police said. 

Neighbors received reverse 911 calls as crews established a perimeter, police said.

SWAT could be seen outside the home as police appeared to speak to a man inside a second-floor window who police say made the initial 911 call and claimed to be armed.

After about two hours the man's wife came out of the front door unharmed. The man later tossed his handgun out the window, police said.

Police could be seen placing a ladder next to the window and the man coming down. Police patted then men down then led him away to a waiting police vehicle.

Uwchlan police said the standoff was over by 11:40 a.m. after SWAT searched the home and found no intruders.

"It has now been determined that the original caller was experiencing a mental health issue and that there was no actual criminal activity occurring," police said in a news release.

No word if the man could face any charges.

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