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Police: False report of rape threat awakens innocent couple

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GRESHAM, OR (KPTV) -

A disgruntled man is accused of filing a false police report about a rape threat and possible hostage situation that shut down a Gresham neighborhood early Monday morning.

Police said the report came in around 4:15 a.m. The caller said an armed man ordered him out of his apartment at gunpoint and threatened to rape his girlfriend.

Police prepared for a possible standoff and surrounded a complex on Southeast 182nd Avenue near Stark Street, shutting down roads in the area for several blocks.

Then, officers learned the report wasn't true.

"We were getting ready to call out the SWAT team," said Lt. Claudio Grandjean, "and then both of them, who had been sleeping together, just kind of groggily woke up and came out and talked to us."

Investigators said the man and woman were together willingly and nobody was holding anyone else at gunpoint.

Grandjean said the man who made the report had been with the couple at some point, but he was asked to leave and apparently made up the phony crime scene out of anger.

That man has not been identified by police, but officers said he could face criminal charges for filing a false police report.

"Great news that nobody's hurt. It wasn't what it was alleged to be," Grandjean said. "Bad news is it tied up a lot of resources."

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