VALDOSTA — What was intended as a prank at an area restaurant led to a customer believing the business was being robbed and the prankster's arrest Thursday evening.
A young man entered the Quizno's on Baytree Road where he knew an employee and the manager, said Valdosta Police Cmdr. Brian Childress. The young man handed the manager a business card, which included a note demanding all of the restaurant's money.
A customer standing behind the young man was able to read the note on the business card. Having no idea that the man knew staff members, the customer stepped out of line and entered the rest room. There, the customer called 911 to report a robbery.
Police officers were dispatched to the Quizno's where they learned the young man had no intention to rob the business but rather meant the note as a joke aimed at staff members he knew, Childress said.
Since there was no actual robbery, officers weighed a potential charge. Childress said the young man has been charged with causing the false report of a crime and reckless conduct. The suspect was taken to the Lowndes County Jail. His identity was not released Thursday night.
The young man explained that he meant no harm, but Childress said the young man's prank “created a mass panic,” leading to customers fearing for their safety and police officers rushing to the scene. Though it ended safely, the police commander said it could have caused someone else being harmed or even led to the prankster being seriously injured.
- Local News
Woman fights to live after cancer
To be whole again, the desire that sometimes overwhelms chair-bound Mandy Painter, fuels the Realtor each day through walking lessons during physical therapy and it's also what could see her through a cutting-edge program in Boston, where world-class neurologists can reawaken her cerebellum and see the mother of three to her feet again.
North Ashley Street closed following accident
A Sport Utility Vehicle traveling north on North Ashley Street drove into a telephone pole Monday morning, resulting in the closure of the road.
Gornto extension half complete
The Gornto Road extension project is more than half-way complete, and could be finished ahead of the one-year deadline contractors were given when the project was approved Oct. 11 by the Valdosta City Council.
Nashville honors history, musical tradition
There were more than a few Nashville residents and guests from out of town fiddlin’ around Saturday to celebrate the grand opening of the Georgia Humanities Council and Smithsonian New Harmonies exhibit, celebrating roots music from the state and across the Deep South.
Locals, out-of-towners come out for food, fun at Peach Festival
The Morven Peach Festival drew a smaller crowd than usual in its 26th year, but planners weren't complaining.
Coliform found in drinking water
The cause of a water quality issue is still under investigation by the City of Valdosta Utilities Department after a water sample taken from a line in the area near the intersection of St. Augustine Road and West Hill Avenue tested positive for coliform bacteria.
The Big One: Preparing for mid-America earthquake
It’s a bleak scenario. A massive earthquake along the New Madrid fault kills or injures 60,000 people in Tennessee. A quarter of a million people are homeless. The Memphis airport — the country’s biggest air terminal for packages — goes off-line. Major oil and gas pipelines across Tennessee rupture, causing shortages in the Northeast. In Missouri, another 15,000 people are hurt or dead. Cities and towns throughout the central U.S. lose power and water for months. Losses stack up to hundreds of billions of dollars.
Preparing South Georgia for a disaster
A pair of specialized urban rescuers shed some of their protective gear for a moment and exchange relieved smiles because, on the roads across the swamps of residential rubble, a caravan of Lowndes citizens returns to a county that, according to Lowndes officials, was able to repair its wounds in the aftermath of a Category 5 storm due to a dynamic package of disaster plans.
Valdosta police honor Moody security force
Valdosta Police Chief Brian Childress awarded a set of challenge coins Friday to 12 members of Moody Air Force Base’s security forces. The coin ceremony served as a thank-you from the Valdosta Police Department for the base’s operational support in handling bomb threats and helping in community matters.
Charges filed in bomb threat made from jail
A pair of inmates received additional charges this week when they reportedly phoned a bomb threat from the Lowndes County Jail to South Georgia Medical Center Tuesday, according to the Valdosta Police Department.
- More Local News Headlines
- Woman fights to live after cancer