A big police presence was amassed at a New York City housing project to arrest a man in a 2010 killing, but police on the scene say they have determined he was not there.

Site of New York standoff (WCBS TV)

The NYPD went to a Lower East Side building Wednesday looking for a suspect in the death of a Pace University student.

Police say the man's mother and other family members were inside the apartment and refused to let police inside, so officers initially treated it as a hostage situation. It's not clear how police learned the suspect wasn't there.

Authorities say the student who was killed sold marijuana at an apartment in Manhattan's financial district.

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