Rogelio Andaverde of Edinburg, Texas, was home alone with his wife Tuesday night when two masked men forced their way in and abducted him at gunpoint.
Terrified, Maria Hernandez phoned the local sheriff's department to report the kidnapping.
The Hildalgo County Sheriff's Office soon launched a large manhunt for Andaverde's abductors that involved a dozen deputies and a Department of Public Safety helicopter.
Several hours into the search, Sheriff Guadalupe Treviño had no choice but to call his men back after all their leads went cold.
Then, on Thursday morning, Andaverde suddenly returned home claiming that his captors had decided to show mercy and let him go.
But investigators weren't buying it, and after some prodding, Andaverde eventually coughed up the truth: He staged the kidnapping so he could "spend time with his friends and party."
"Well, he’s going to party in jail now," Treviño told The (McAllen) Monitor. "It’s humorous in a way, but also it’s very serious."
The 34-year-old was arrested and charged with misdemeanor false report to a police officer.
No word yet on whether his fake kidnapping friends will also be charged with a crime.
As much trouble as Andaverde is in, Treviño believes it's nothing compared to what's waiting for him at home.
"Now you got to go home and explain it to your wife," he said. "It’s probably going to cost him."
[H/T: Guy Code Blog, mug shot via Hildalgo County Sheriff's Office]