Coalinga police thought they were responding to a hostage situation on Saturday afternoon but soon learned the call came from a man who was separated from his wife and who lied to officers about her abduction, police Sgt. Manny Boulos said.
Police got a call at 4:22 p.m. from a neighbor of the suspect, a man in his 40s, who claimed three men with knives were holding his wife hostage in their home in the 300 block of North Third Street. Boulos said numerous officers responded, established a perimeter and talked to the man, who insisted his wife was a hostage.
It was discovered that the house was empty and the couple separated several days ago, Boulos said. The wife confirmed no abduction had occurred and she was with family in another city.
The suspect then admitted to police he had taken methamphetamine just hours earlier, Boulos said.
The man was arrested on suspicion of falsely reporting a crime to a peace officer, for being under the influence of a controlled substance and for an outstanding no-bail arrest warrant issued in Fresno County.
He was booked into the Fresno County Jail.
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