Authorities in Coweta County are crediting a bank teller’s quick actions with saving the life of a man who had allegedly been kidnapped.
The incident was reported last week at the Wells Fargo bank location on Amlajack Blvd.
The victim told authorities that he’d met two men, Gabriel Lawrence and Terrence McPherson, earlier in the day and was asked if he would like to make a few hundred dollars.
The victim agreed and got into the car.
The men drove around the city while Lawrence and McPherson made several phone calls.
The victim says he attempted to get out of the car twice but could not because the men put the child lock on the back doors.
At one point, the group stopped at a RaceTrac gas station and one of the men came back with a check for $1,467. The victim was then given the check and told to go into the bank and cash it.
According to the report, the victim walked into the bank and slipped the teller a note stating “keep me safe.”
The bank teller then contacted the police.
Officials arrived to the bank and located two men matching the description of the suspects sitting in a vehicle outside of the bank.
When they noticed the deputies pull into the bank, the suspects attempted to drive away but were pulled over at the intersection of Amlajack Blvd. and Hwy. 34.
Authorities found two guns inside of the vehicle, one of which was reported stolen.
Both men have since been arrested.
Lawrence is facing charges of false imprisonment, kidnapping, forgery, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.
McPherson is facing charges of false imprisonment, kidnapping, forgery, theft by receiving stolen property, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
By Shirenna |