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BUCKHEAD | Woman involved in hostage hoax has first court appearance

3:19 PM, Dec 30, 2011   |    comments
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  • Alexandra Dahm, 19, appeared before a judge at the Fulton County Jail at 11 a.m., where she was granted $9,000 bond. (Photo by: 11Alive News)
  • A reported Thursday morning hostage situation on Darlington Road in Buckhead turned out to be a false alarm. (Photo by: Jojo Johnson, 11Alive News)
  • Alexandra Dahm
    

ATLANTA -- A teenager accused of starting a hostage hoax appeared in court for the first time Friday.

Alexandra Dahm, 19, appeared before a judge at the Fulton County Jail at 11 a.m., where she was granted $9,000 bond.

Police said Dahm had met some men at Connect Lounge in Downtown Atlanta Wednesday night and returned to a Buckhead home with them.

At some point early in the morning Thursday, Dahm sent text messages to friends, claiming that she was being held against her will by armed men in a home on Darlington Road near Piedmont Road.

PHOTOS | Alexandra Dahm appears in court
VIDEO | Hostage situation turned out to be false alarm

One of those friends, James White, called police to report the situation. Police said Dahm sent White text messages saying that she was being held by several Asian men armed with shotguns and "they will not allow me out of the car."

However, police soon realized that Dahm was never in any danger.

"When SWAT got on the scene, the female came out of the house, of her own free will, and it was determined that it was not a hostage situation," Officer Kim Jones of the Atlanta Police Department said.

The man renting the house, Kevin Chang, and his five roommates cooperated with police and are not facing any charges, Jones said.

Dahm was taken into custody by Atlanta Police. While at the Main Precinct, an officer witnessed her remove a baggie of powder cocaine from her underwear and attempt to flush it down the toilet.

She also admitted to "over-exaggerating" and deleting her text messages, according to Jones.

Dahm was taken to the Fulton County Jail and charged with cocaine possession and tampering with evidence.

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