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3 in custody after kidnapping at bank
Man taken from home on Georgia 142 to Wells Fargo
Police take one person into custody after a standoff at Wells Fargo on John R. Williams Highway in Covington on Wednesday afternoon, June 13, 2018. - photo by Darryl Welch

COVINGTON, Ga. — Three people were in custody Wednesday afternoon after a kidnapping at a bank.

A teller called police to Wells Fargo, 11160 John R. Williams Highway (Georgia 142) at 3:05 p.m. Wednesday with a report of a man being forced to withdraw money against his will.

“The victim advised they had a gun,” police Capt. Wendell Wagstaff said. The men allegedly were waiting outside in a car.

Police made contact with the man while he was inside the bank. Once he left the building, officers secured him and arrested the suspects.

Wagstaff said EMS was called because the man had been pistol-whipped.

Three people were taken into custody. Their identities and charges were not immediately available, but Wagstaff said the victim knew one of the suspects.

Wagstaff said a preliminary investigation revealed the victim was kidnapped at a home in unincorporated Newton County off Georgia 142 and brought to the bank in his own car.