A faxed suicide threat to the Bank of America prompted a large emergency response as authorities attempted to diffuse the potentially dangerous situation.
Officers were dispatched to Harpy Eagle Drive after a Bank of America representative notified police that a customer had faxed a letter in which he threatened to shoot himself in front of his wife and children if evicted from his home.
Bank officials did not provide police with a copy of the alleged threat before closing for the day. According to Winder Police public information officer Det. Sgt. Rachel Love, authorities took all necessary precautions even though they were unable to review the letter.
Negotiators with the Winder Police Department and the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene and successfully opened a dialog with the man reported to have faxed the suicide note.
The man denied making any threat and no criminal charges were filed.
In another incident, a man called Winder Police after the driver of a red Chevy Cobalt held a gun out of his car window.
The complainant said the Cobalt driver passed him on East Wright Street and then brake checked him just before King Street. According to the complainant, the Cobalt driver then held a holstered gun out of the window.
The Cobalt driver said he passed the complainant near Oak Hills Apartments. The Cobalt driver said the complainant became angry and began tailgating him. The Cobalt driver claimed he felt threatened by the complainant who was allegedly screaming and waving his hands.
When the officer asked why the Cobalt driver did not call police, the man said his girlfriend was using the phone at the time.
After checking the weapon and the Cobalt driver’s concealed weapons permit, the officer released the man and advised him to call police the next time he felt threatened.
The complainant also left the scene after saying he did not want to press charges and had not felt threatened.
Other recent incidents investigated by Winder Police include:
• suicide attempt on Apperson Drive. A man with a history of mental issues attempted to commit suicide.
• verbal dispute on Dianne Way. Financial issues led to an argument between a man and woman who had recently lost their jobs.
• criminal damage to property on North Broad Street. A vehicle parked outside a downtown restaurant sustained damage to the headlight, grill and hood.
• burglary on Gordon Court. An IPod Nano valued at $150 was reported missing.
• verbal dispute on Graham Street. A man became upset when another man took his pop up trailer to the junk yard.
• theft on Teal Drive. An earring was reported stolen.
• theft on West Athens Street. A woman reported that her wallet had been stolen after she left it on a table at a bar while she danced and played poker.
• damage to property on East May Street. A woman accused one of her boyfriend’s ex-girlfriends of keying her car.
• shoplifting on East May Street. A bottle of Nyquil valued at $7.69 was reported stolen.
• entering auto on Mary Alice Drive. Approximately $500 in tools were reported stolen from an unlocked 1984 Nissan Maxima.
• deposit account fraud reported on N. Broad Street. A man’s checking account was fraudulently debited for $502.72 after someone used his account information at a Walmart store in N. Carolina.
• burglary on Turtle Creek Drive. Appliances and fixtures valued at $1,750 were reported stolen from an apartment.
• stolen vehicle on Shields Street. A woman suspects her drug addicted son stole her 1995 Jeep Wrangler.
• burglary on Duke Circle. No items were reported missing, but several pieces of furniture had been moved.
• entering auto on Williamsburg Way. A woman’s purse containing several credit and debit cards was stolen from her unlocked vehicle.
• theft by taking on Graham Street. Social security cards, Medicaid cards, a driver’s license and a Visa card were stolen from a woman’s purse.
• verbal dispute on Brad Akins Drive. Police were called after a man became upset regarding a child custody dispute.