Madrid police had received several calls from worried bystanders on Friday, saying that two masked gunmen had rushed a victim at gunpoint into a black Mercedes, in Salamanca, an upmarket Madrid neighborhood. The story hit the media on Sunday.
37-year-old IT worker José Manuel Conde was browsing the Spanish daily El Mundo
on Sunday and saw the kidnapping story. He immediately thought, "Shit, that's my stag party!"
He told the media
that the unusual party pickup was his friend, David's idea. David, with the help of a third man, collected poor José, bundled him into the car and rushed him off to the party.
"We had to see how to get him there (to the party) and I had the idea of the kidnapping," David explained.
"We parked the car and the first thing we did was put on our balaclavas."
David did say
that they had warned several people in the area, while they were waiting for José to finish work and that most people were laughing during the "kidnapping."
However, he added that "Someone else must have seen us from a distance and misinterpreted it."
David and his friend captured José, whose marriage is set for July 27, covered his head with a bag and threw him into the trunk of the Mercedes.
"He believed it for about 20 minutes, he was scared, then he started laughing."
"When I read the news in El Mundo I freaked out a bit," added David.
On seeing the media reports, David phoned the police, who for some reason couldn't see the funny side of the story, and told him to visit the police station. Once there, he was sternly warned that they had been playing "a dangerous game."