Macomb Police release 911 call from hostage hoax incident

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Alvin Montgomery, 25, is facing charges in connection with the hostage hoax call.

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Law enforcement hold a media conference about the 911 call that caused a neighborhood on West Murray Street to be put on lockdown.

A 911 call that sparked a 5-hour police standoff at a home on West Murray Street has been released.

Listen to 911 call here

In the call, an unknown female asks the 911 dispatcher to send a squad car to a home on Murray Street. She also tells the dispatcher that she’s being held there by a man with a gun. The call ends with a man shouting in the background, “You gonna call the police?” The call then cuts off.

After police responded to the home on 509 West Murray Street, the neighborhood was blocked off and several law enforcement agencies responded. Several hours into the investigation, robots were sent into the home, where it was discovered no one was inside. Law enforcement say the call was a hoax.

NEWS3 talked to a resident of the apartment a few days later. The resident told us the call had been made by someone who was angry after being asked to leave the home.

On the evening of March 7, police arrested Alvin Montgomery, 25, at a residence hall on Western Illinois University’s Macomb campus.

Montgomery was charged with a Class 4 Felony in connection to making a false 9-1-1 call. Montgomery is also facing a charge of obstruction of justice, which is a Class A Misdemeanor. Montgomery’s listed address was 509 West Murray Street, where the incident took place.

The pre-trial hearing for Montgomery is scheduled for May 21.