Hoax: No woman bound, beaten and thrown in car trunk [UPDATED]

Updated: The suspected kidnapping last night on Broadway was a hoax, Minneapolis police say, and they are not happy about it. Their reaction is below the jump.

MPD had originally sent out a bulletin witnesses described a woman running from the backseat or trunk of a vehicle with duct tape around her arms, legs and mouth.

As people on the street looked on, a male grabbed the woman, assaulted her and put her in the trunk of the car which then sped off. She tried to escape a short time later, and three people got out of the car, beat her, stuffed her back in the trunk, slammed the lid and took off down Lyndale Avenue North from Broadway.

MPD spokesman Sgt. Bill Palmer said the black female was about 15 to 22 years old, between 5 and 6 feet tall with a dark complexion and long black or light brown hair in a ponytail. She was wearing an orange or yellow shirt.

One suspect was described as a black male 25 to 40 years old with a dark complexion. A second suspect is described as a black male 24 to 40 years old also with a dark complexion wearing a white shirt and jeans. The third suspect is described as an African American of unknown gender 25 to 35 years old with a medium build, dark complexion and long black hair in a ponytail and possible dreadlocks wearing a brown shirt and light blue jeans.

By late Friday, MPD had learned the story was a crock. The four people involved said they just wanted to attract attention. The police had wasted their time. Here's the official release:

Within the past forty-five minutes the Minneapolis Police Department has determined that the kidnapping and false imprisonment incident which occurred last night was a prank. The three adult males and a juvenile female have come forward and have been questioned. They have told investigators that they came up with the idea and location because they knew it would attract a great deal of attention.

At this point no one has been arrested in connection with this case but the circumstances will be presented to the Hennepin County Attorney's Office for consideration of criminal charges.

The Minneapolis Police Department today has expended considerable resources moving forward with a case that was felt to have presented itself as a real threat to someone's life. Resources from the Minneapolis Police Department Patrol Division, Criminal Investigative Division and Crime Lab were all engaged for a number of hours in attempting to locate a young woman whose life we felt was in danger. Additionally personnel from other agencies have been cooperating with the MPD to identify the possible victim and to locate the suspect vehicle.

While Minneapolis Police Department is relieved that no one was injured in this case and that the parties involved have come forward and cooperated with investigators the case is troubling as the resources expended today could have been engaged in serving legitimate victims.

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