Detectives believe a man arrested Thursday in connection with kidnapping a man at a Regions Bank ATM on Charlotte Avenue is responsible for at least two other recent ATM hold-ups, one at the same branch and the other at Fifth Third Bank on White Bridge Road.
Joshua Cartelli, 26, is accused of approaching the victim, Christopher Strazzella, who was standing outside the ATM checking his account balance, and attempted to rob him at gunpoint.
"I don't even know where he was hiding. He just popped out," said Strazzella.
Police said Cartelli forced Strazzella into the victim's vehicle and made him drive to other ATMs where the victim was able to withdraw cash.
Strazzella said the "quick cash" option at the next ATM allowed him to get $300 from his overdrawn account. The gunman took the money, uncovered his face and threatened to shoot Strazzella if he "tried anything."
Once obtaining the money, police said Cartelli had the victim drop him off on Nolensville Pike where he ran to a gray GMC Yukon and fled the area.
Strazzella was able to flag down officers in the area, who quickly located the SUV on Wallace Road.
"I'm very lucky, very fortunate," said Strazzella.
The two people inside the Yukon said Cartelli had called them for a ride home and that they had no knowledge of his illegal activities.
Cartelli was arrested Thursday night and charged with aggravated kidnapping, aggravated robbery and unlawful possession of a controlled substance. He has previous drug possession convictions and is being held on $100,000 bond.
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