Multiple agencies were called to a home near Bartow, West Virginia for reports of a hostage situation. As it turns out, the information they were given was false.
When the situation was first reported, dispatchers sent officers to the scene near the Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike, also known as U.S. 250. The call was first received at 8 a.m. on Friday, February 5, 2021.
Officers immediately responded to the scene and followed proper protocol for a hostage situation.
A local news outlet, WVNS 59 News, tweeted about the situation, writing: “Multiple agencies, including West Virginia State Police, are responding to an ‘active and ongoing’ hostage situation in Pocahontas County.”
— WVNS 59News (@WVNS59News) February 5, 2021
Approximately one hour later, dispatchers confirmed to news outlets that the scene was still “active and ongoing.”
At around 11 a.m. the West Virginia State Police announced that the hostage situation had been resolved. One arrest had been made, but officials did not provide any other details about the incident.
Second Update: False Flag
Just before 11:30 a.m., the West Virginia State Police made another announcement, confirming that the hostage situation was a false report.
A spokesperson for the West Virginia State Police revealed that the situation was falsely reported by a landlord in the Bartow area “to try to get renters out.”
The landlord who made the false report about the situation has been arrested, and is being held.