A reported hostage situation in Cedar Falls early today ends with a man hospitalized for mental treatment. Around 3:30 this morning, police received a report of a hostage situation and assault involving a weapon at a Cedar Falls home.
Officers surrounded the house, and the city’s Major Incident Response and Hostage Negotiations Teams were called in to make contact with the person inside.
The standoff lasted more than two hours. When police finally entered the home around 5:45 this morning, they discovered the man faked the reported incident. Police say a man was taken to a Waterloo hospital for an involuntary mental committal.