False Report Leads to Lockdown in Putnam Lake
A report of a home invasion led to the lockdown of a Hudson Valley neighborhood for hours. The report turned out to be fake.
On Friday at around 11:20 p.m., Putnam County Sheriff deputies were dispatched by a 911 call to a home in Putnam Lake. John Sheehan, 28, told officers he went to a neighbor’s home to walk a dog he was dog sitting when noticed several people in the home armed with guns and wearing masks.
Sheehan said he fled from the house, ran into another friend’s home, and called 911.
Sheriff’s deputies, New York State Police, and heavily armed members of the Putnam County Emergency Response responded to the Hanover Road home. The Hanover Road neighborhood was locked down for about two hours during the incident.
Officials soon determined the report of armed intruders was made up. Sheehan was charged with falsely reporting an incident, a misdemeanor.
During the booking process, Sheehan made statements to investigators that suggested that he was in an altered mental state, police say. He was released on an appearance ticket and transported him to the Putnam Hospital Center in Carmel for evaluation and further observation.
Sheehan will be arraigned in Patterson Justice Court on the criminal charge at a later time.