Police investigating fake hostage report at UMD

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- University of Maryland Police Department officials are investigating after a report about someone holding a hostage on campus turned out to be false.

According to the university's website, the school's police department received an anonymous call Wednesday regarding someone holding a hostage at gunpoint inside the Main Administration Building. Officers evacuated the building and did a sweep before finding that "the threat was unfounded and an all clear was issued," according to the statement on the website on Thursday.

The police later found that "the call was placed from an internet based line and linked to a social media account in which numerous 'fake' incidents in the area, including the University of Maryland, were mentioned."

The incident remains under investigation.


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