Man arrested for attempted kidnapping after scare at DHRPublished 1:00pm Thursday, September 6, 2012
Department of Human Resource employees in Troy were evacuated from their building Thursday morning as police searched for a reported gunman.
According to Troy Police Chief Jimmy Ennis, officers responded to a call about a possible armed man in the lobby of the DHR building on Three Notch Street about 11:15 a.m.
“Officers went in and cleared the building and found no one left inside,” Ennis said.
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Investigators at the scene did discover there had been an altercation that happened in the parking lot of the DHR building prior to the phone call. However, the scuffle had nothing to do with children or DHR.
After further interviews at the police station, Benjamin Franklin Williams, 24, of Brundidge, was arrested Thursday afternoon for attempted kidnapping and breaking and entering a vehicle.
According to TPD Sgt. Benny Scarbrough, Williams tried to make an adult male get in a vehicle in the parking lot of DHR. Williams also entered the other adult male’s vehicle without permission.
Williams’ bond was set at $5,000 for the attempted kidnapping charge and $2,500 for the breaking and entering charge, Scarbrough said.
Patrol officers and TPD detectives responded to the call with shields and weapons appropriate for the situation involving a gunman, and even though no gunman was discovered, Ennis said he was pleased with the response efforts of the department.
“The officers acted in the very way they have been trained to,” Ennis said. “First and foremost is the safety of civilians in a situation like this.”
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