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.
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."
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.