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Kidnapping in Center Point was hoax

By Scott Buttram

BIRMINGHAM —  The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hoax after someone called in and said she had been kidnapped, according to a statement from Chief Deputy Randy Christian.

“At about 4:30 p.m. this afternoon the sheriffs office received a call from a female who claimed that 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,” Christian said.

Deputies responded to the scene and activated a SWAT team to assist in the search, according to the statement.

“Sheriff’s personnel called the phone and spoke to a male who said he had the girl. He demanded to speak to a specific sergeant with sheriff’s office,” Christian’s statement said.

Deputies checked several homes in the area. Christian said that detectives have determined other bogus calls have been received from the same phone over the last month. 

“Detectives will continue the investigation and those responsible will face felony charges of rendering a false alarm,” Christian said.

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