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Jefferson County Sheriff's Office investigating hoax calls

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Two people could face charges after leading Jefferson County Deputies on a hoax.

A portion of Center Point Parkway was blocked off for hours while deputies followed up on a 911 call.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office got a call from a girl claiming she had been kidnapped and was being held in the basement of a home near a restaurant in the 1600 block of Center Point Parkway.

The call came in at 4:30 Sunday afternoon and deputies headed to the area. The swat team assisted with the search. A road block was set up between 16th and 17th Avenue Northwest. Several homes in this area were checked. Sheriff's personnel called the phone and spoke to a man who said he had the girl. Investigators say he demanded to speak to a specific sergeant with the Sheriff's Office. While the swat team and deputies gathered outside buildings, people watched from a distance including Diana Sciara, who owns Center Point Carwash.

Diana Sciara says, "A lot of patrol cars pulled up with their blue lights on and started getting out of their cars with weapons and shot guns, they were concentrating on the back of the property and then they moved in front. "I've never seen anything like this here, we've been here 40-years."

The road opened back up around 7:30. Detectives have determined other bogus calls have been received from the same phone over the last month. Authorities are still looking for those responsible, but say they'll face charges of rendering a false alarm. We'll update you as soon as we learn more.

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