People who live close to Main Street in Sag Harbor thought something terrible was happening when they were stirred from their slumber early on Wednesday by police lights flashing through their bedroom walls.
Looking outside, some could see armed officers and police with dogs outside and entering the American Hotel, according to one caller to The Express later that morning.
The Sag Harbor Village Police Department responded Wednesday morning at about 1:45 a.m. to a report of a violent domestic incident in an apartment owned by the hotel above Bond No. 9, on Main Street, in which the caller “threatened further harm to family members and violence to any responding officers,” according to police.
Sag Harbor called in reinforcements from the East Hampton Town Emergency Services Unit and the Southampton Town Emergency Services Unit. Hostage negotiators from the New York State Police and Suffolk County Police Department also responded, along with troopers and police dogs.
“After a thorough investigation and search of the area, this call was deemed unfounded,” Sag Harbor Police Chief Austin J. McGuire said in a statement.
The investigation is continuing and anyone with information is asked to contact the New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation Troop L Headquarters at (631) 756-3300.