LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Officers with the Lufkin Police Department are investigating an elaborate prank call made Thursday about a home in the 400 block of Greenbriar Drive.
Detective J.B. Smith says prank calls are not a regular occurrence in Lufkin and the alleged suspect will be facing criminal charges.
Around 4:30 p.m. LPD received a 911 call from an unidentified male alerting police of an incident at a suburban home.
"A male voice on the phone reported to us that he had stabbed somebody and was barricaded in a residence. After sending in our special response team, we found that there was nobody in the residence and it appears to have been a false alarm," Smith said.
Smith says the person who lives at the home did not make the prank call and they still don't know who did it. He said they are using the available information as of the moment to look into any leads they might have.
He also said he does not know if there is any link to the prank caller and the homeowner.
"We can find no link at this time to the resident there. She was at work at the time. She was notified of the incident, responded and brought us a key to the house so that we could go in and search it," Smith said.
The officers on the scene believed it was a real hostage situation, Smith said, and did whatever they could to save the alleged victim. He says they will be using the lessons learned from this incident for the future.
"It didn't take us away from anything else in the city, but it did extend our resources pretty far," Smith said.
If you have any information about this case, contact LPD.