May 22, 2018
CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA – The Chesterfield County Police Department has located and interviewed the female and four males involved in an apparent abduction that occurred in the 900 block of Walmart Way at about 9 p.m. on Sunday, May 20. The investigation indicates no abduction occurred and the incident was a hoax planned by the group.
Shortly after 9 p.m. on Sunday, police responded to the Walmart in the 900 block of Walmart Way where several witnesses reported seeing what appeared to be the abduction of a female. On Monday, police released information about the incident and surveillance photos of the female and several of the males involved.
On Monday evening, the female, who was safe and unharmed, came to the department’s Hull Street Station after seeing herself on local media outlets. One of the men involved in the incident was with her, and she came to the station in her vehicle, which was the vehicle used in the apparent abduction.
The female and the four males, who are all either 19 or 20 years old, know each other. After eating dinner nearby, the group went to the rear of the Walmart parking lot to plan the incident. They planned to film the staged abduction and the reaction of onlookers and post the video online. After they staged the abduction, they left the area together.
Police continue to investigate this incident.