City police respond after woman falsely reports hostage situation

By By Johnathan Manning / American Press

A woman falsely reported a hostage situation at the Food Stamp Office on Ryan Street midday Monday, authorities said.

Lake Charles police said they responded to a call Monday of a male taking a female hostage. After talking with the woman,

authorities realized it was a false alarm, said Deputy Chief Mark Kraus.

The woman was not charged and was seeking mental treatment, Kraus said.

The woman told security she believed a hostage situation was ongoing; security evacuated the building and called police.

“We treated it as though it was the real deal,” Kraus said.