Nassau police respond to 'unfounded' abduction report on Berkley Street in Baldwin

A dozen police cars, swarms of heavily armed officers and an armored vehicle raced to a Baldwin neighborhood today after a call about a woman being held prisoner, but a search of the area turned up nothing.

News 12 Staff

Nov 11, 2013, 10:54 PM

Updated 3,870 days ago

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A dozen police cars, swarms of heavily armed officers and an armored vehicle raced to a Baldwin neighborhood today after a call about a woman being held prisoner, but a search of the area turned up nothing.

Nassau police say they received a 911 call just after 7 a.m. from a woman who said she had been abducted and was being held prisoner inside a home on Berkley Street. Officers broke down the door, searched the home and detained five people for questioning.

However, police say they did not find a victim, and they are now calling the incident "unfounded."

Sources tell News 12 that it may have been a hoax 911 call, or what's known as "swatting." Pranksters call in fake emergencies for the sole purpose of eliciting a massive response from police.

One person in the home that was searched has been arrested on an unrelated outstanding domestic abuse warrant.

Police say the incident remains under investigation.

For Chopper 12 over police activity in Baldwin, watch the clip to the left or click News 12 Extra on Optimum TV channel 612.


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