Man arrested after telling the police he had a gun, he didn’t
Friday, 15 March 2019
A man was arrested on Thursday evening in Brussels after calling the police to say he had a gun and was camped out on rue Haute. The incident took place around 17h in Brussels-City. An individual contacted the Brussels Capital-Ixelles police zone to say he was armed. He explained that he had entrenched himself in an apartment on the rue Haute.
A security perimeter was put in place and the street was completely closed to traffic. The man repeatedly contacted the police after his first call, according to reports.
As a result of the various phone calls, the police were able to locate the individual. He was, in fact, not in the Rue Haute. The police arrested the man at 5:30 pm in a building on rue Royale. The suspect did not have a weapon on him.
“He was eventually arrested unarmed in Hoogstraat,” police spokesperson for the area Ilse Van de Keere told Bruzz. There were, therefore, no casualties.
The motivations for the call are unclear at this time.