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Prank abduction prompts NYPD search

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A lot of people who saw surveillance video on the news of a couple walking on West 173rd Street in Washington Heights early Friday night when two men ran up behind them and forced them in to a van.

Witnesses called police. Then cops went on an all-out search.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly now says the whole thing was a prank to get the guy to his surprise birthday party in the Poconos in Pennsylvania.

Later on, one of the people involved got home from the birthday party. Someone told him about a kidnapping they had seen on the news, so that person called the police tip line to tell cops it was all a prank.

The NYPD said that despite the resources spent investigating the purported kidnapping, no charges will be filed.

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