New York kidnapping was birthday present

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NEW YORK, NY – It sounds like a nightmare:  a couple gets kidnapped in broad daylight at gunpoint in Manhattan. But NYPD says it could have just been a birthday present.

Police say they now think the whole thing was a hoax. People involved have reportedly said there was supposed to be a surprise party for one of their friends, but that person found out about it. So they kidnapped him instead.

Cops say most of the folks interviewed claim there was not a gun involved.