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Police investigate Colonie Center emergency call

Anonymous call to Schenectady County dispatch warned of armed person going to mall
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COLONIE — Business at Colonie Center was disrupted for about an hour Saturday morning and police remained stationed there after the Schenectady County emergency dispatching center received a call about an armed person heading there.

Colonie police said they met with mall management after the call was reported at 10:53 a.m., and put a safety plan in place. While some broadcast reports said the Wolf Road mall was locked down, Colonie police said there was no lockdown. However, some individual stores decided to close on their own.

The call to the Schenectady emergency communications center’s 911 system was anonymous, with the caller saying an armed individual was headed to Colonie Center. “The caller then abruptly hung up,” according to police.

The origin and intent of the 911 call is being investigated, police said. A heightened police presence remained at the mall Saturday afternoon.

Colonie Center is the region’s second-largest mall, after Crossgates Mall in Guilderland. Police investigated a shots-fired call at Crossgates on July 22, but nobody was injured and no arrests have been made.

 

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