Police: Eastchester hostage situation 'unfounded'

Police arrived at a home in Eastchester after receiving a call about a hostage situation Saturday evening only to find it was a false alarm.

Police arrived at a home in Eastchester after receiving a call about a hostage situation Saturday evening only to find it was a false alarm. (4/4/15)

EASTCHESTER - Police arrived at a home in Eastchester after receiving a call about a hostage situation Saturday evening only to find it was a false alarm.

Police and the SWAT team swarmed a house at 1 Joyce Rd., and a helicopter circled overhead for nearly 3 hours, residents say.

Neighbors say they were ordered by police to leave the area as a precaution.

Police say they eventually searched the house and declared the standoff an "unfounded event."

The man who lives at the home declined to comment.

Police have not labeled the event a "swatting," the term used to describe phony, deliberate reports of hostage situations or other serious events, and say they are continuing the investigation.

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