Report of teen held at knifepoint was hoax, Wichita police say

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A hoax 911 call from a teenager saying she'd been held at knifepoint led Wichita police to a home on the city's southeast side Monday morning. 

Neighbors living in an apartment complex near Harry and Edgemoor say police were banging on the door, looking for the suspect.

"They were trying to get in and they wouldn't let them in," Randy Kendrick said. "Eventually they busted the door in and I'd seen them take a guy in hand cuffs away."

Police say a 17-year-old girl called 911 and reported she'd locked herself in a bathroom to avoid being stabbed. Once officers learned her report was false, she was arrested and booked into jail. 

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Wichita police weren't the only ones dealing with a phony call. 

In Overland Park, police were called to a home where a man said he had shot a relative and would shooting any approaching officers. 

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When they arrived, they found out the call was fake. 

"With these swatting calls, we're always going to be careful when it comes to people calling 911, saying that they shot a loved one or things of that sort," said John Lacy with the Overland Park Police Department. "We're going to try to start a dialogue, but at the same time we want to get inside. We want to be able to help someone. But when you have these types of calls, it makes law enforcement, our job, even more difficult."

In Wichita, police say they take every call seriously and seek charges for those who make false reports. They say when people make false reports, it utilizes resources that could be spend on real crimes. 

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