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POLICE ESCORT DOZENS OF EMPLOYEES OUT OF UBISOFT OFFICE IN MONTREAL AFTER UNCONFIRMED REPORTS OF A ‘HOSTAGE SITUATION’
They received a text from the company telling them to turn their phones on silent and hide
Dozens of people have been escorted out of the Ubisoft building in Montreal after police received unconfirmed reports of a hostage situation.
Special forces were called to the building at around 1.30pm after staff reported receiving a text from the company telling them to hide, turn their phones on silent and not speak.
It’s unclear what exactly the threat was or where it came from but multiple local outlets described it as a hostage situation. READ MORE
POLICE CLEAR OUT MONTREAL’S UBISOFT BUILDING, BUT 911 CALLS WERE A HOAX
“We were told there was a hostage situation and to stay put,” one Ubisoft employee said. Police say no threat was ultimately identified.
Heavily armed Montreal police evacuated the building that houses Ubisoft’s offices on St-Laurent Blvd. in the Mile End after 911 calls Friday reported a hostage taking in what turned out to be a hoax. No injuries were reported.
“The perimeter was quickly secured and the SPVM confirms no threat has been detected and no injuries are reported,” police said in a statement at 7 p.m.
About 200 people were in the building at the time, with some taking refuge in offices. Dozens took shelter on the roof, barricading the door. READ MORE
HOAX TRIGGERED MAJOR POLICE OPERATION AT MILE END UBISOFT OFFICES, POLICE CONFIRM
Specialized tactical officers evacuated building on St-Laurent Blvd. Friday afternoon
The 911 call that sent police and ambulances to the offices of a Montreal gaming company on Friday was a hoax, police sources have confirmed.
Dozens of police officers, some of them heavily armed, arrived outside one of the buildings used by Mile End Ubisoft — at the corner of St-Laurent Boulevard and St-Viateur Street, a neighbourhood in the central Plateau-Mont-Royal borough — around 1:30 p.m. ET. Ambulances were also at the scene.
Specialized tactical officers evacuated the building. But no threat was detected and no one was injured, police say. They say the operation began in response to a 911 call, now deemed a hoax, earlier in the afternoon. READ MORE
POLICE SWARM MONTREAL GAMING COMPANY UBISOFT BUT FIND NO CRIME
A claim of hostage-taking at the gaming company’s office was unfounded, police said.
Police called to the Montreal headquarters of gaming company Ubisoft on a hostage-taking report Friday said there was no evidence of such crime.
“No threat has been detected,” and “no injuries are to be reported,” Montreal police said in a statement Friday evening.
An investigation has been launched into the origin of the report.
Earlier in the day, officers cordoned off the area and evacuated employees, police said.
Montreal police tweeted that “specialized” officers were sent to a location that corresponds with the company’s address. Police initially responded based on a 911 call, the Montreal department said. READ MORE