It all started around 1:00pm Thursday afternoon.
“Dispatch received a call from an individual alleging that he was being held hostage at a house in the 700 block of Thomas street,” elaborated Patrol Captain Todd Baeten of the Wausau Police Department.
As he explained it, it wasn’t a situation they were going to take lightly.
“Unfortunately, we live in a day and age when really bad things happen sometimes.”
But, after shutting down a portion of Thomas street and investigating, they made the call: the hostage never existed.
“Officers proceeded very methodically and safely, in order to make sure that the community wasn’t in any daner,” said Baeten.
The situation, which tied up most of the city’s patrol division, took several hours to clear.
Even then, Baeten says lessons can be learned from it.
“I think it can be…comforting to the public to know that when they call 911, in an actual emergency, they’re going to get officers there, and we’re going to come equipped to deal with a whole host of situations.”
He continued: “We want to make sure at the end of the day it’s resolved to our satisfaction and everyone’s safety.”
Despite the hostage situation being faked, there were a pair of drug paraphernalia-related arrests at the residence.