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Woman Charged after False Claim Leads to Major West Hartford Police Presence

West Hartford Police prepare to clear the scene after determining that a woman falsely reported an incident involving weapons. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

West Hartford Police received a call about a domestic incident involving weapons, but the caller was ultimately arrested for making a false claim.

West Hartford Police prepare to clear the scene after determining that a woman falsely reported an incident involving weapons. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

West Hartford Police prepare to clear the scene after determining that a woman falsely reported an incident involving weapons. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

By Ronni Newton

West Hartford Police responded to a call at an apartment on West Beacon Street Wednesday morning where they were told that weapons were present, but after a large number of officers took up tactical positions around the apartment complex, police determined that the call had been made under false pretenses and arrested the caller.

Lt. Eric Rocheleau said that the call, which came in at 9:48 a.m., reported that there was an active domestic disturbance in an apartment at 58 West Beacon St. The caller reported that there were weapons involved, including a knife and a gun.

Police said that the caller reported that she was a neighbor and could see someone holding the weapons, but then police lost contact with the caller when she hung up.

A large number of police officers responded to the scene, closed off West Beacon Street, and assumed tactical positions. Rocheleau said that SWAT equipment, including the armored Bearcat vehicle and patrol rifles that resemble those the SWAT team uses, were brought to the scene, but the SWAT team was not engaged.

Diana Fuentes Centeno. Photo courtesy of West Hartford Police

Diana Fuentes Centeno. Photo courtesy of West Hartford Police

Police said they entered the apartment complex and detained several people before determining that Diana Fuentes Centeno, 35, of Hartford was the caller and had made the call about the apartment that she was in. She had been involved in a disturbance in that apartment an hour earlier, police said.

“She was upset about the disturbance but made a false complaint to get a better police response,” Rocheleau said. Police said the earlier disturbance was “unfounded.”

Police arrested Centeno and charged her with misuse of the 911 system, falsely reporting an incident, interfering with an officer, reckless endangerment, and risk of injury to a minor. Police said that her child was present during the incident.

She is being held on $50,000 surety bond and due in court on Dec. 8.

West Beacon Street was reopened shortly before 11 a.m.

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West Hartford Police gained access to an apartment at 58 West Beacon St. and determined that a false call had been made. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

West Hartford Police gained access to an apartment at 58 West Beacon St. and determined that a false call had been made. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

West Hartford Police blocked access to West Beacon Street after a caller reported a disturbance involving weapons. At right is the armored bearcat which was brought to the scene. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

West Hartford Police blocked access to West Beacon Street after a caller reported a disturbance involving weapons. At right is the armored bearcat which was brought to the scene. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

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