Dasere Tydell Bryant was arrested early Tuesday after allegedly reporting a false hostage situation at a Wheeling Island residence.
Officers were dispatched to South York Street around 2 a.m. Tuesday after receiving a report of an individual being detained at a residence against his will. A woman told police Bryant, 19, of Wheeling called her and said he was being held hostage by the home's resident. He said the resident had a gun and asked the woman to alert police to the situation.
Seven officers in five patrol cars arrived at the residence to find three individuals, all of whom denied knowledge of a hostage situation or Bryant. The home's resident said everyone was free to leave at their will and granted officers permission to search the home for firearms.
After speaking with the woman who reported the hostage situation, police identified one of the individuals in the York Street home as matching Bryant's description.
Bryant allegedly repeatedly provided police with a pseudonym before ultimately admitting his name. He allegedly also initially lied before admitting he placed the call asking the woman to report the hostage situation.
According to Bryant, the resident was angry because someone "stole her pills" and would not let anyone leave the home. A search of the home for a gun yielded no results because the resident's sister took the firearm before police arrived, he added.
Wheeling Police Chief Robert Matheny said because Bryant continually lied and investigators found no evidence he was being held against his will, no credibility was given to the man's allegations.
Ohio County Magistrate Harry Radcliffe arraigned Bryant Tuesday on misdemeanor charges of reporting a false emergency and obstructing an officer. As of Tuesday evening, he remained in the Northern Regional Jail in lieu of $2,000 bond.