A man who was allegedly kidnapped saved himself by slipping a note to a quick-thinking bank teller.
The incident unfolded last Wednesday at a Wells Fargo in Georgia when the victim entered the establishment and slipped a message to the teller that read, “Keep me safe.”
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The bank staffer reportedly alerted Coweta County sheriff’s deputies, who came to the location and apprehended two suspects inside a vehicle after they tried to flee, WSB-TV reported.
The victim allegedly told police he was picked up in Atlanta earlier that day and asked by suspects Gabriel Lawrence and Terrence McPherson if he wanted to make some money.
While he got in the car, he reportedly later tried to exit at red lights but was disallowed due to child locks on the vehicle. The accused purportedly drove around while he was in the backseat.
After one of the men procured a check from a convenience store, the victim was allegedly told to cash it and give a signal to let the men know he received the money. The nature of that check and its origins are unclear.
Instead, the victim went inside the bank and sought help from the teller.
The man then gave a description of the alleged captors and their red Audi, leading police to arrest Lawrence and McPherson.
Both of the accused are being charged with false imprisonment, among other charges. A gun reported as stolen was also allegedly taken from their vehicle.
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