12 employees held hostage inside Miami nightclub/restaurant, police say

12 employees held hostage inside Miami nightclub/restaurant, police say

When officers arrived, another woman came out and said about 12 people were being held hostage inside, according to WTVJ.

The department's SWAT team "breached the front door" of the business around 4 p.m. ET, and police said its negotiation team was "attempting to make with the management and/or hostages".

About 30 minutes into that call, a woman ran outside the bar and said she and others were being held hostage inside by the owner.

The reported hostage situation at a night club in Miami appears to be a hoax.

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It came after a woman reported the robbery of a mobile phone and later claimed staff at Joseph Club are being held against thier will by management, according to police. SWAT teams have surrounded the restaurant after police received reports that the manager has barricaded himself inside with up to 12 employees and patrons.

Police said they closed local streets and placed two nearby schools on lockdown as SWAT worked with managers to reach a "peaceful resolution".

The manager had reportedly not been answering his phone or communicating with hostage negotiators.

"The SWAT team concluded their search of the premises and determined that the building was clear and nobody was inside or in harms way", the Miami Police Department posted to Twitter. "The female who originally gave us this information has been detained and she is at the station now being questioned further and pending charges".