Police say jealousy caused man to report false hostage situation

Brad Hicks • Apr 25, 2013 at 10:09 PM

UNICOI — Unicoi County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Frank Rogers said the green-eyed monster apparently got the best of a county man who was arrested Thursday morning for allegedly reporting a false hostage situation to get his girlfriend away from another man.

Brian Orren, 30, 133 Sycamore Street, Erwin, was charged with filing a false report, a class-D felony.

At approximately 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Orren placed a 911 call in which he said he and his girlfriend were being held hostage by a man with a gun at a residence on White Tail Ridge in the Limestone Cove area, Rogers said. Orren told dispatchers that he had been locked in the garage but had managed to escape his captor to contact authorities, Rogers said. A report from the sheriff’s department said Orren reported his girlfriend was still being held against her will.

Rogers said officers arrived at the residence and surrounded the perimeter.

“Any time a 911 call is made where someone says that they’re a hostage or someone’s barricaded with a gun, it’s of great concern to responding officers, and we treat every incident with the care that it requires,” Rogers said.

While several officers secured the perimeter, Deputy Heather Reams and Lt. Jimmy Erwin made entry into the residence through an open door, Rogers said. Once inside, the officers found the alleged female hostage and the homeowner, the man Orren allegedly reported to be the hostage taker.

The female told officers that she was not being held against her will, was not fearful of the alleged hostage taker, and at no time felt she couldn’t leave the residence, Rogers said. The man reported to be the captor was also interviewed, and his story matched the female subject’s, Rogers said.

Rogers said Orren was confronted with these statements, and he admitted that his report was not accurate. Investigators also found no evidence that Orren was held against his will or had been locked in a garage, as the locks to the garage were on the inside, Rogers said.

“He admitted that it wasn’t exactly like he said, that he hadn’t actually been locked up in a garage,” Rogers said.

Rogers said Orren admitted to using bath salts and that he had not been held against his will. Orren made the false report in an attempt to separate his girlfriend from the man Orren accused of being the hostage taker, Rogers said.

“He said it was just jealousy,” Rogers said. “He didn’t want her up there with him, and (Orren) had been told to leave himself.”

Orren is set to appear in Unicoi County Sessions Court today for arraignment. He will again appear in Sessions Court on May 2.

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