Police: "Hostage situation" at elementary school likely a hoax

Published: Nov. 13, 2019 at 5:57 AM CST
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UPDATE 7:10 a.m.

Riley County Police say they believe a hostage call from an elementary school was a hoax.

According to the department's official Facebook page, police received a call at around 1:0 a.m. from a person claiming to be holding a hostage inside Lee Elementary School in Manhattan.

Police set up a perimeter around the school.

Police say the man continued to make contact with them and alocal news station, stating that he had committed several felony crimes, and repeating the hostage claim.

Then, at around 6:50 a.m., law enforcement entered and began clearing the school.

Police now say they don't believe anyone any of the caller's claims are true. On Facebook, police said they believe the man is not local and was fabricating the story to gain notoriety and to receive news coverage.

Authorities say "To the best of our knowledge, the school and people in the area are safe."


Authorities in Riley County are on the scene of a possible hostage situation at an elementary school.

Police are asking people to avoid the area along Lee Street near Lee Elementary School in Manhattan.

Police have a perimeter set up around the area after receiving a report of a possible hostage situation.

Riley County Police posted a message on their official Facebook page stating they received a call at around 1:00 a.m. from a man claiming he was inside the school with a hostage.

Eyewitness News is working with our news parters at WIBW to bring you more information.

UPDATE: Around 6:50 a.m. officers with the Riley County Police Department and troopers with the Kansas Highway Patrol...

Posted by RileyCountyPD on Wednesday, November 13, 2019

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