Smoking Crack Car Salesman Kidnapping...


Car salesman accused of kidnapping paralyzed man, stealing $200K and forcing him to use crack in Atlanta motel

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A car salesman from Tennessee is accused of kidnapping a customer who is paralyzed, stealing his money and forcing him to smoke crack while he held him hostage in a Atlanta motel. 

According to an affidavit from Chattanooga Police, a warrant was requested to seize a bank account belonging to Daniel Bryant, who is accused of forcing the victim to withdraw $200,000 from his accounts while threatening to kill him.

The warrant was issued by an FBI task force member, who wrote that the seizure was part of an investigation into allegations of kidnapping, bank robbery and money laundering.

It was not clear Tuesday if Bryant had been formally charged or arrested.

Documents show police were called to a Chattanooga bank on Thursday and spoke with a man who had an amputated leg and was paralyzed on one side. The man said he was kidnapped April 1 and forced by Bryant to withdraw thousands in cashier's checks and cash over a two-day period from Bank of America locations in Chattanooga and Douglasville, Georgia.

Bryant then deposited $199,000 into his own bank accounts, the affidavit said.

The man, who has not been identified, told police he recently bought a truck from Mountain View Chevrolet in Chattanooga after receiving a substantial settlement from a severe on-the-job injury. The injury forced the man to use a wheelchair, according to documents. 

The man said Bryant, a car salesman, offered to drive him home after he brought the truck back to be serviced. 

The man said Bryant threatened to kill him and his family if he did not withdraw the money, the affidavit said. Bryant also allegedly took the man to a hotel near Atlanta, took the man's credit cards and forced him to smoke crack cocaine, the affidavit said.

Investigators said there is probable cause to file charges of kidnapping, money laundering and bank robbery against Bryant. He has not been arrested.