'Unfounded': Studying Police launch assertion following Thursday standoff

READING, Pa. – Residents in a single Studying neighborhood may lastly relaxation straightforward Thursday evening after police mentioned an earlier report of a hostage scenario was unfounded.

“We have been responding to reviews of a hostage-taking,” Studying police mentioned in a press release late Thursday evening. “It was decided to be unfounded, and there’s no hazard to the general public.”

This got here after an hours-long standoff that had residents and enterprise homeowners frightened as police tactical models entered a house within the 700 block of North Eighth Road Thursday afternoon. 

The scene cleared simply earlier than 4 p.m. 

A 69 Information reporter on the scene says a police negotiator used a megaphone to say, “Ryan, that is the Studying Police. A cellular phone has been delivered exterior your condo door; you’ll want to take it.”

Experiences from the scene say a loud bang was heard earlier than the police tactical workforce stormed within a house.

It’s unknown if anybody was taken into police custody. 

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