A Gainesville man is accused of threatening people with an AK-47 rifle and kidnapping a baby, police said.
Marquis Bonds, 24, is charged with aggravated assault after what police call an “erratic crime spree” Monday in Gainesville.
Gainesville Police said Bonds first pulled his car in front of Imam Bilal Ali, the religious leader at the Gainesville Islamic Center, at the Fair Street School. School was in session at the time but was not disrupted, according to authorities.
“He threatens his life, opens up one of the car doors and starts opening up a bag to retrieve the rifle,” Deputy Chief Jay Parrish said.
Ali was able to get away, Parrish said.
Police then started receiving multiple calls later that day about a man threatening people around Athens Street with a rifle.
Bonds spotted a van in a convenience store parking lot with an adult outside the van.
“The van was running with a 1-year-old inside,” Cpl. Jessica Van wrote in an email.
Police said Bonds drove away before the adult could react.
Officers “saturated” the area and were able to find the van near Patterson Drive and East Ridge Road, where police said Bonds was standing outside the vehicle with the child.
“He gives the child over without incident,” Parrish said, adding that the child was unharmed.
Bonds was additionally charged with kidnapping, theft by taking, aggressive driving and possession of a gun by a convicted felon.
“The only motive we can come up with right now is to create terror on the people that he came across that day,” Parrish said.
Bonds was booked Tuesday in to the Hall County Jail, where he remains.