by: Amy Napier Viteri Updated:
DULUTH, Ga. - Gwinnett police released surveillance pictures of one of two suspects they say kidnapped, beat and robbed a Duluth man.
The photos show one of the men at a Wells Fargo ATM on Cheshire Bridge Road taking money out of the victim's bank account while the victim was being held inside the car.
Investigators told Channel 2's Amy Napier Viteri the crime started when the victim came home to the Bridgewater Apartments in Duluth.
"He was approached in the parking lot of his apartment complex and forced back into his own vehicle at gunpoint by two suspects," said Cpl. Jake Smith.
Smith said the men ordered the victim to drive to Interstate 85 and head south, then made him pull over near the Indian Trail Lilburn Road exit.
One of the suspects then took over driving and the other began demanding money and access to the victim's bank accounts.
"They beat him with a pistol, hands and also attempted to burn him with a cigarette lighter while attempting to force this information out of him," explained Smith.
The victim's brother also told police he got a text from his brother's phone demanding ransom money.
"The victim's phone was sending these messages saying, 'We have your brother. We want however many thousands of dollars to let him go,'" said Smith.
At a Wells Fargo on Cheshire Bridge Road the men were able to get out around $300 of the victim's money, police said.
The driver was captured on surveillance camera and police are hoping the public can help identify him. They say the pair finally let the man go nearly five hours after they allegedly kidnapped him and let him out at an Atlanta apartment complex, throwing the keys and abandoning the car.
Police said they don't know if the men are fleeing the area and said the public should consider them armed and dangerous and contact law enforcement immediately.