A local bank was placed on lock down Sept. 18 following a customer's threats to kill tellers, loan officers and himself at the bank. The man was later taken into custody and charged with felony terroristic threatening.
According to an affidavit obtained from Highland Police Chief Jeremy Stevens, he was dispatched to the bank following a call from a teller at the bank. The teller told Stephens, Charles Robert Sanders Jr., 57, of Cherokee Village came into the bank to have a small amount of change counted. He told the teller that he was going to kill himself and two loan officers who were in the bank.
After telling Sanders she had to get something to put his coins in to take them to the counter, he told the teller that the two loan officers had refused him a loan for a house and that when his mother dies that his brother and sister will put him out on the street. Sanders also told the bank employee that he had a gun hidden at his house and that she would hear about him killing himself and the loan officers.
After Sanders left the bank, the police were called and the bank was a put on lock-down. Stephens contacted the Cherokee Village Police Department, the city in which Sanders resides, regarding the incident. Cherokee Village Police chief Ricky Crook and officers Richey Thatcher and Stanley Haney arrested Sanders at 13 Winnebago Circle. Following his arrest, he threatened to kill himself several times.
He was charged with felony first degree terroristic threatening a Class D felony.