Former Chattanooga car salesman federally indicted for kidnapping, theft, money laundering

Former Mountain View Chevy salesman Daniel Bryant Daniel Bryant is accused of kidnapping a customer on April 1 at the dealership, and forcing the man to withdraw nearly $200,000 from his accounts. (Images: Dallas County Sheriff's Office, MGN)

A former Chattanooga car salesman now faces a federal indictment for kidnapping, theft, and money laundering charges.

Daniel Bryant is accused of kidnapping a customer on April 1 at the Mountain View Chevy dealership, and forcing the man to withdraw nearly $200,000 from his accounts.

The customer had one leg amputated, and was paralyzed on one side. According to police, he had gone to the dealership to have maintenance done on his truck, and Bryant offered to give him a ride home, but instead held him against his will.

Court documents say Bryant returned the man to the dealership on April 3, but not before taking his cell phone, credit cards, and forcing the paralyzed man to smoke crack.

The FBI began investigating on April 4 when the report was made. According to court documents, they reached out to Bryant several times, but he refused to turn himself in, telling them he would have his attorney contact them at a later date.

FBI Task Force Member Matthew Hennessee, who also serves with Chattanooga Police, said he got search warrants for two cell phones believed to be used by Bryant, and the FBI started tracking his phone on April 9.

Hennessee says they briefly found him in the Atlanta area, but he fled on Interstate 20 West. Officers tracked Bryant, leading to his arrest nearly 800 miles away in Cedar Hill, Texas on Sunday, April 14.

The court documents say Hennessee served a seizure warrant for funds in Bryant's bank account, and recovered about $288,000.

This is a developing story - depend on us to update you as we learn more.

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