False Hostage Call Results in City Panic and Arrest
June 19, 2012
By Allison Boccamazzo
, TMCnet Web Editor
A hostage call received at the Clarksville-Montgomery County 911 emergency center, which resulted in a citywide emergency response and high concern, turned out to be a complete hoax. The caller – Sheila Sied – claimed to have been held hostage in Lincoln Homes, when in actuality she had traveled to the area under different intentions – to purchase cocaine.
Sied had not only called the Clarksville-Montgomery County 911 emergency center, but she also dialed the Houston County 911 Center and the Houston County Call Center, telling them all that she had been held hostage in Lincoln Homes for two weeks. Even worse, she claimed she had been tied up for the entire time she was being held. Houston County 911 promptly called Sied back, where she confirmed her captivity in a follow-up conversation.
Not only this, but Sied’s sister and aunt received similar information from her as well; her sister even reported her missing on June 2nd.
Upon receiving the call, officers were dispatched to Lincoln Homes in hopes of finding Sied’s location, and attempting to research information which would hopefully lead them to a more definitive address. While some officers were sent to Power Street – where a mobile home was identified as another location for the hostage – others were checking additional locations simultaneously for the missing person. Emergency responders had even been put on standby in case Sied was found injured.
Clearly the call centers and emergency services took every necessary, precautionary measure – only to find Sied less than an hour later from when the call was first placed at 10:40 p.m. unharmed inside of a trailer on Power Street. Officers questioned Sied –who was supposedly being taken hostage – where they found her story to continuously keep changing. After sorting through all of the stories, officers confirmed that she had in fact gone to Lincoln Homes to buy cocaine and that she had been staying at the mobile home park since Sunday.
Sied was then taken into custody on site and booked into the Montgomery County Jail, where she was charged with making a false report. She is now being held under a $10,000 bond.
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Edited by Jamie Epstein