Vancouver ‘hostage situation’ finds no one inside

There's no evidence a crime even happened

A SWAT vehicle from the Vancouver Police Department (KOIN. Oct. 15, 2015 file photo)
A SWAT vehicle from the Vancouver Police Department (KOIN. Oct. 15, 2015 file photo)

VANCOUVER, Wash. (KOIN) — What Vancouver police thought was a potential hostage situation ended Saturday afternoon when officers went inside the apartment and found no one and no evidence the initial assault even happened.

The situation began around 9 a.m. Saturday at an apartment complex at 3205 E. 33rd Street, Vancouver police spokesperson Kim Kapp said. A man who had been staying at the apartment threatened 3 other people with a knife. One woman got out and called 911, but the other 2 people — a man and woman — remain inside, police said.

SWAT units went to the scene and used loudspeakers to get the occupants to come out of the apartment. A woman came out and gave police the OK to check the apartment.

Police officials said they found no one in the apartment.

It’s unclear at this time if police will charge the person who made the initial report with a crime.