Hostage hoax brings out police in Ind., Ill.
Last Updated: 130 days ago
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Police in Indiana and Illinois are looking for a caller who claimed he had hostages, explosives and nerve gas, bringing officers to homes in two cities with the same name.
The Herald-Times reports police in Bloomington, Ind., and Bloomington, Ill., received the calls last week.
The caller initially gave Illinois police a fictitious address, then told them it was in Indiana.
Police who responded to the call in Indiana found a surprised resident who had been watching a movie while his 2-year-old daughter slept. The man who met police at the address in Illinois told officers he was being taunted by a disgruntled chat room user who was making prank calls using his name.
A second call in the Illinois city brought a SWAT team to the scene.
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