Warner Robins scammer arrested after kidnapping teenage girl

WARNER ROBINS, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – A scammer was arrested Wednesday for kidnapping a teenager.

On Tuesday the Warner Robins Police Department told the public to be careful of a scammer.

Chief Brett Evans, Warner Robins Police Department, said the scammer had a long record of crimes starting in 1994.

Frank Garmon Jr., was reportedly telling people different stories, like he ran out of gas, to get money.

On Tuesday Garmon was at the Michael’s parking lot off Watson Blvd., where he followed a young woman.

Evans said the suspect saw the victim getting into her car and then he hopped into the passenger seat. The suspect told the victim to drive to several locations, making this a kidnapping.

“Because she’s under duress, she’s not going willingly, he doesn’t have to physically make her. You know in other words, in order for it to be kidnapping, he doesn’t have to point a gun at her or have to outwardly threaten her, ‘I’m going to hurt you,'” Evans said.

Luckily the victim was able to break free from the suspect after he told her to go into this Robins Financial Credit Union on North Houston Rd.

“She was able to actually alert the bank teller that she was in duress. The teller picked up on the fact that something was not quite right and he obtained one of the managers,” he said. “The video footage we got from the bank was obvious she wasn’t a willingly participant.”

Evans said if someone is asking you for money and is truly in need they will deal with you in an open environment.

“They’ll be patient and they’ll be understanding. If somebody is agitated or impatient or requires you to go with them somewhere, that’s typically an indicator that something’s not right with the story.”

So do your best to watch your surroundings, so you can be safe.

Garmon Jr., is charged with kidnapping, criminal attempt, and two counts of theft by deception. The suspect has no bond.

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