By on April 11, 2019

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A Chevrolet dealer in Chattanooga has a PR problem on its hands, and an FBI task force has a case to get to the bottom of.

Mountain View Chevrolet finds itself at the center of a bizarre story in which a disabled customer claims a salesman kidnapped him and threatened to kill him and his family if he didn’t withdraw large sums of cash from local banks.

According to NBC affiliate WRBC TV, an affidavit filed by Chattanooga Police Officer Matthew Hennessee, a member of an FBI task force, seeks a warrant to seize salesman Daniel Bryant’s bank account. Bryant, whose employment at the Chevrolet dealer has been terminated, is the subject of several federal warrants. He’s wanted for kidnapping, bank robbery, and money laundering.

The victim, who lost a leg and suffered paralysis on one side of his body following a workplace accident, recently purchased a truck from the dealership. A “substantial” financial settlement funded the purchase. Upon returning to the dealer on April 1st for servicing, the man alleges Bryant offered to give him a ride home.

Once inside Bryant’s vehicle, the victim claims he was driven to a bank on the ominously named Gunbarrel Road and told to withdraw money. The salesman allegedly threatened to kill him and his family if he didn’t comply.


Over the next two days, the victim told investigators Bryant took him to several bank branches in East Tennessee forcing him to withdraw money.

At one point, the victim said Bryant took him to a hotel near Atlanta, took his phone and credit cards and forced him to smoke crack.

The period of confinement came to an end on April 4th, the affidavit states, when the victim appeared with a family member at the Bank of America on Tennessee Avenue in Chattanooga and asked staff to summon the police. Bank records obtained by the police show cashier’s checks totalling nearly $200,000 passed between the victim and Bryant in that time period.

The dealership has released a statement to the media:

Management at Mtn. View Chevrolet is aware of the investigation being conducted by the FBI into one of our former employees, Daniel Bryant. The dealership was not involved in, or even aware of, any alleged attempt on the part of Mr. Bryant to defraud a customer of our business. Mr. Bryant is no longer employed by Mtn. View Chevrolet, and we continue to work with the authorities to assist in resolving this matter.

In an email to Automotive News, the Chattanooga Police Department wrote, “The case you are referencing is active and ongoing,” adding that the incident report is not available at this time.

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