Fake hostage call leads to Md. man's arrest


By Justin Fenton
The Baltimore Sun

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, Md. The frantic phone call had the potential to be deadly dangerous: After discovering that his wife had cheated on him, a Marine who had served three tours of duty in Iraq shot a hostage and barricaded himself in a Severna Park home. He wanted flak jackets sent to all troops in Iraq and demanded to speak with the president. He said he was ready to die if police didn't comply.

After closing roads and bringing in a special-response team, police determined that the elaborate scenario was a hoax. At the home where five hostages were supposedly being held by four disgruntled Iraq veterans, a couple who answered the phone said everything was fine, according to charging documents.

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