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Nashua SWAT activated Saturday for false claim of hostage situation

What turned out to be incorrect information about a woman being held at gunpoint summoned the Nashua police SWAT team to a quiet city neighborhood Saturday evening.

Nashua police Lt. Denis Linehan said police in Lowell, Mass., were contacted by a woman concerned for her daughter’s safety after speaking with her on the phone and being told she was being held against her will at gunpoint. ...

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What turned out to be incorrect information about a woman being held at gunpoint summoned the Nashua police SWAT team to a quiet city neighborhood Saturday evening.

Nashua police Lt. Denis Linehan said police in Lowell, Mass., were contacted by a woman concerned for her daughter’s safety after speaking with her on the phone and being told she was being held against her will at gunpoint.

Members of the Nashua department’s Special Reaction Team surrounded the home on Pioneer Drive in southwest Nashua around 7:30 p.m. and learned the woman was not in danger once they made contact with her and a man inside the home, Linehan said.

Detectives who spoke with the residents may file misdemeanor simple assault charges against the man stemming from a separate incident Thursday, Linehan said.

Neighbors crowded the streets Saturday evening and took pictures of the police armored vehicle as it rolled by with heavily armed officers wearing camouflage and helmets hanging off the side. Police blocked both ends of the street and weren’t able to tell residents what was happening at the scene.

Linehan said there will be no false report charges filed because the woman who reported there was a hostage had legitimate concerns about her daughter’s safety. The woman inside the home denied telling anyone she was being held against her will, Linehan said.

– JOSEPH G. COTE