SUWANEE -- A homeless man was pepper sprayed outside a Suwanee bank after he attempted to withdraw thousands of dollars using fraudulent IDs, police said.
According to an incident report, a Suwanee police officer was called to the SunTrust Bank at 3287 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road Tuesday afternoon "in reference to a forgery in progress." The responding officer located 53-year-old Roosevelt Clinzo Stewart inside, and soon learned that Stewart was attempting to withdraw more than $7,000 from an account using an altered driver's license and another man's identity.
Jail records list Stewart as being homeless.
While the officer spoke with a bank official -- who told him Stewart had also withdrawn nearly $9,000 from the same account the previous week -- the suspect reportedly attempted to flee the bank.
"He twisted and pulled and was able to drag (two officers) out of the front door and toward the parking lot," according to the incident report.
The altercation continued and officers were able to pin Stewart against a pillar, police said, but "the suspect continued to struggle and we slowly moved around the pillar."
After officers issued a warning, Stewart was pepper sprayed twice. The responding officer said the first attempt missed.
Stewart was handcuffed and searched. Police said they found a glass pipe "commonly used for smoking crack cocaine" and residue that tested positive for cocaine in his pockets, as well as another fraudulent driver's license.
Gwinnett County Jail records show Stewart was arrested and charged with obstruction, drug possession and two counts apiece of first-degree forgery, financial identity fraud and false identification documents.