Workers flee to rooftop in hostage scare turned 'hoax'

Nadine Carroll
·2-min read

A hostage situation thought to involve around 50 captives and a $2 million dollar ransom has been confirmed to be a hoax.

Dozens of people were evacuated from Ubisoft’s Montreal offices on Friday afternoon (local time) after police received a call that a robbery was taking place, the Montreal Gazette reported.

Nervous employees of the video game company were seen on the roof of the building, waiting for news of the alleged hostage situation.

Local news outlet TVA filmed the employees gathered on the roof with what appeared to be barricaded doors.

A rooftop picture of employees waiting on a rooftop during an alleged hostage situation
Dozens of people were evacuated from Ubisoft’s Montreal offices after a hostage situation was thought to be taking place. Source: Twitter

The Canadian Press reported a source from Ubisoft said it was likely a hostage taking situation but confirmed all employees were safe.

Montreal police asked the public to avoid the area as the surrounding streets were blocked off and the offices were evacuated.

The owner of a store nearby the offices told The Canadian Press people had entered his store stating that police had advised them to take refuge.

People are evacuated from the Ubisoft office. Source: Getty
People are evacuated from the Ubisoft office. Source: Getty
Police later said no threat had been found. Source: Getty
Police later said no threat had been found. Source: Getty

“There were customers inside and other people came to take refuge in the shop, a little anxious,” Benoit Godin explained.

He added that about 45 minutes later police told people they could leave the store through the side door.

Employees on the roof were seen leaving with their hands in the air one at a time.

Later police tweeted they had inspected the premises and deemed there was no threat.

TVA reported the incident was a hoax but did not provide further detail.

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