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Police: Hostage situation in Norton was hoax; Boston woman arrested

Scene along East Main Street in Norton, Mass. Wednesday where police believed they were dealing with a hostage situation. (NBC10 Photo)

Calls about a hostage situation in Norton, Massachusetts turned out to be a hoax Wednesday.

A judge ordered the woman accused of making the call be held on $7,500 bail with surety when she appeared in Attleboro District Court Thursday.

Alicia Mitchell, 36, of Boston was charged with false reporting, threatened use of a firearm, interfering with a police investigation, as well as disturbing the peace. She entered a not guilty plea.

Authorities said Mitchell made Norton police, the bomb squad and even more agencies believe she and her children were in danger.

They said she called police around 3 a.m. Wednesday.

She allegedly told them she and her three children were being held in an apartment at 274 East Main Street by a man she knows.

Police said Mitchell told them the man had a gun.

Officers were at first unable to get through the door because it was barricaded.

Once they entered, two men and two women were questioned and released.

During that time, Norton police sent out a series of tweets telling people nearby to stay away from the area.

By 1 p.m., they arrested Mitchell in Boston after determining it was a hoax.

Police said no one was hurt during the incident.day.

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