May 24, 2018, 2:37 PM ET

Alleged abduction ruled a hoax intended to show online

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An alleged abduction in a Walmart parking lot was a hoax, Virginia police said.

Chesterfield County police began investigating the apparent abduction around 9 p.m. Sunday.

Several witnesses saw a sedan pull up to the entrance of the Walmart, police said in a statement. A man approached the car as the trunk opened and a woman jumped out and ran, police said.

Two more men got out of the vehicle, chased the girl and appeared to force her back in the car, according to the police statement.

PHOTO: Police in Chesterfield County, Va., say the abduction that happened in a Walmart Parking lot on May 20, 2018, was a hoax.Chesterfield County Police Dept.
Police in Chesterfield County, Va., say the abduction that happened in a Walmart Parking lot on May 20, 2018, was a hoax.

PHOTO: Police in Chesterfield County, Va., say the abduction that happened in a Walmart Parking lot on May 20, 2018, was a hoax. Chesterfield County Police Dept.
Police in Chesterfield County, Va., say the abduction that happened in a Walmart Parking lot on May 20, 2018, was a hoax.

The incident was caught on security cameras.

After the initial reports of an abduction, the woman went to the police department to say the incident was fake and planned by the people involved, all friends, police said.

They were 19 or 20 years old, police said, adding that they were out having dinner before heading to the Walmart parking lot to fake the abduction.

They wanted to film the event and the reaction from witnesses to post online, police said.

The event is still under investigation.

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  • Bosda, The Raccoon Philosopher

    Darn foolish.

  • Dicazi

    What would have happened if there had been a good guy with a gun around?

  • TexasVulcan

    Taking law enforcement away from real crimes is (or should be) a crime.

  • CaptnBlynd

    Because how badly they upset witnesses does not matter to them. No ones feelings or rights matter but their own. An all too familiar attitude these days. Big fines in their future and perhaps a lawsuit or 2 from by-standers. Some acts of stupidity deserve all the negative outcomes which come their way.

  • Lilium Inter Spinas

    This is beyond stupid, and they should be charged with a crime. What if some "good guy with a gun" had shot one of these idiots?

  • helicohunter

    Really not cool. So many things could have gone wrong if members of the public or the police tried to intervene. The fact that they intended to upset others with their stunt makes it even worse.

  • Lurker111

    IF this was a staged event, then these people are idiots. If I had been there and seen a woman forced into a car, and been in my own car, I would have rammed them.

  • Prophet With Honor

    ...and if an armed bystander had pulled a gun and shot an "abductor"?

  • Thomas

    It will be interesting to see what laws they broke with this stunt.