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Two charged after fake hostage report
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Authorities responding to a report of a possible hostage situation in downtown Dawsonville last week took two men into custody in connection with making false statements.

Initially, all four of the individuals at the Sandberg Way home were detained for questioning Jan. 5, though only two were charged in the case.

Adam Reeves, 40, and David William Hatcher II, 23, both of Dawsonville, were each charged with making false statements and writings, as well as concealment of facts.

Hatcher was also charged with false report of a crime for telling authorities that Reeves had kidnapped him, when it turned out that he willingly traveled to Reeves' home in the Stonewall subdivision, authorities learned during the course of the investigation.

Dawson County Sheriff's spokesman Capt. Tony Wooten said the two men were also involved in another altercation at the home in early November.

At that time, Reeves was arrested on an aggravated assault charge for shooting Hatcher, his roommate at the time, in the face.

Hatcher was flown to an Atlanta area hospital for injuries he sustained in the shooting.

It was his presence last week back at the home that sparked a third party call to Dawson County 9-1-1, according to Wooten.

"Reeves made a phone call out to a family member and said [Hatcher] was at his house and he was concerned for his safety and if they didn't hear back from him, to call 9-1-1," Wooten said.

Upon responding to the 9-1-1 call, investigators attempted to make contact with Reeves by telephone to check on his welfare.

Wooten said Reeves answered the phone call but told them he was not in danger because he was at Walmart in the shoe department and not at home.

However, deputies knew that to be untrue, because they were surrounding the home and he was located inside.

"It turns out that neither of these two were being held hostage," Wooten said.