It appears this particular Chevy salesman has gone utterly mad. According to a report from Automotive News (subscription required) on Wednesday, Daniel Bryant, a salesman for Mountain View Chevrolet in the Chattanooga, Tennessee area, is suspected of kidnapping and stealing $200,000 from a disabled man who’d purchased a car from the dealership.
Bryant has not been formally charged with any crime, but the local police and FBI have opened an investigation and an affidavit seeks a warrant to seize the salesman’s bank account for evidence. Mountain View Chevy has terminated Bryant’s employment with the dealer after learning of the suspected crimes.
Police responded to a local bank where they spoke with the victim of the alleged crimes. Following a work accident, his leg had been amputated and remains paralyzed on one side of his body. He told police he had been kidnapped by Bryant on April 1st after purchasing a pickup truck from the Chevy dealer with funds from a settlement following the work accident. The amount of money awarded to the man was described as “substantial.”
The victim reportedly took the truck in for service at the dealer when Bryant offered to give him a ride home. Instead, Bryant allegedly held the victim for two days and drove to various banks to withdraw funds from his accounts—a total of $200,000 in cash and cashier’s checks made out to Bryant. Over two days, Bryant also allegedly took the victim to a hotel, took his wallet, keys, and cell phone, and forced him to smoke crack cocaine.
According to the most recent information, it’s unclear if Bryant has been arrested on suspicion of his crimes or if authorities know his whereabouts. Authorities did not comment on the crimes.
Source: Automotive News