Car Salesman Arrested in Cedar Hill After Stealing $200,000 From Paralyzed Kidnap Victim, Feds Say

A former Tennessee car salesman was arrested in Cedar Hill Sunday after federal authorities said he kidnapped a paralyzed man, drove him between multiple states and drained his bank account of nearly $200,000.Daniel Clayton Bryant, 42, will be extradited back to Tennessee, where he will face federal kidnapping and robbery charges, according to KXAS-TV (NBC 5).According to a federal complaint, Bryant kidnapped the victim April 1 from his car dealership in Chattanooga.The man — who was paralyzed after a recent on-the-job injury that caused him to have one leg amputated — had recently purchased a pickup truck from the dealership and dropped it off that day to have it serviced, according to the complaint.Bryant offered to drive the man home, but instead drove to a local bank and "threatened to kill the victim and his family" if he did not withdraw money. Bryant held the victim against his will for the next two days, the complaint says, and took him to several banks in Tennessee where he forced him to withdraw money.The amount of stolen money totaled $199,000 in cash and cashier's checks, the complaint states.Bryant then drove the man to a hotel in Georgia, where he stole the victim's phone and credit cards and forced him to smoke crack cocaine, authorities say. He returned the victim to the Chattanooga dealership on April 3.FBI officials found Bryant by tracking his phones to Atlanta on April 9, and eventually to Cedar Hill on Sunday.Bryant was released from the Dallas County jail Tuesday and placed in FBI custody. He is no longer an employee at the car dealership, according to Chattanooga TV station WRCB-TV.  Continue reading...

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