A hostage situation that brought Atlanta’s SWAT team and dozens of police officers to a Buckhead home Thursday morning turned out to be a big confusion, Atlanta police said.
Officers were called to a home on Darlington Road after a 911 caller told dispatchers a 19-year-old was being held hostage by five armed men, police said.
Channel 2’s Amanda Cook was at the scene as dozens of police officers, including the SWAT team, swarmed the neighborhood. The road was blocked off while more than two dozen officers handled the situation. Around 8:30 a.m., officers took a woman to a patrol car and determined she was not being held hostage, police said.
"When SWAT arrived, the female came out of the house on her own free will, and it was determined it was not a hostage situation," Atlanta police Detective Kim Jones told Cook.
Police said Alex Dahm met the group of men the previous night and returned to the home with them. Under the influence of drugs, Dahm became convinced she was being held hostage and texted a friend, police said. They said the friend called 911.
"We had no idea what was going on. Kept seeing police pull up. Saw police pull by the house, back up. We were just really confused what was going on," said Jordan Charles, a man who was inside the house.
Officers interviewed Dahm, as well as the group at the home. Cook spoke to people who were inside the home, who said Dahm was snorting cocaine all night. It appears she won't be charged for the false alarm.
"There was no crime committed because it came in as a third-party call," Jones told Cook.
But police said they found drugs on Dahm when she tried to get rid of them at the Atlanta police Zone 2 Precinct, where officers were interviewing her. Jones said she had been hiding a bag of cocaine in her underwear. She was charged with possession of cocaine and tampering with evidence.