Shortly before 7 p.m. Friday, Woburn Police received a live phone call from a male party stating that he had harmed his mother in an apartment complex on Westgate Drive and that other people may be harmed as well.
Woburn Police responded and, out of an abundance of caution, the Northeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council SWAT Team was activated.
The building was searched by police. Officers knocked on doors and made sure that all citizens were safe. No suspect or victims were found at the location, and police have determined that this was a hoax call.
The Woburn Police Department is aware of other hoax calls and threats made against other communities in Massachusetts on Friday. This incident is being actively investigated, and no determination has been made about any possible connection to other threats.
“What matters most is that no one has been harmed, and we did our best as public servants to minimize the disruption in the neighborhood. We even had police officers driving civilians back to their homes if they were blocked from walking home by the police operations,” Chief Ferullo said, “The next step is an active investigation where we will use all possible resources in an attempt to locate and hold responsible the party who made this report today.”