Police: Report of man with gun at Willow Grove Mall unfounded

- Police say a report of a man with a gun at the Willow Grove Mall has been unfounded. According to police, it was determined the man was holding a cell phone behind his back.

Abington Police received multiple calls of a “man with a gun” in a store on the first level of Willow Grove Park Mall shortly after 6:15 p.m. Tuesday.  Police say the initial caller said that a man was holding a gun behind his back.  Multiple APD Units responded to the scene and located the man suspected of having the gun. 

Through interviewing witnesses and reviewing surveillance video it was determined that the man did not have a gun but rather was holding a cell phone behind his back., according to police.  Authorities say the reason that multiple calls were received about the incident was that they all originated from the same location and the reporting witness asked others to call. 

Several stores in the mall chose to close their doors for a short period of time on their own initiative but everything was back up and running very quickly, according to police. 

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