Manhattan Kidnapping Was Just a Very Elaborate Surprise Party

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What appeared to a few eyewitnesses as a Friday evening abduction in Washington Heights — featuring a van and men in masks — was actually a weekend out of town for seven St. John's grads. The Wall Street Journal confirms that the stunt "was planned as a diversion" after the birthday boy of the group figured out he was being thrown a surprise party. The friends only learned of the commotion they'd caused upon returning to the city on Sunday. Surprise!