Man kidnaps elderly woman, drives her to Tempe banks to withdraw money

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George Alexander Braun II By Jennifer Thomas George Alexander Braun II By Jennifer Thomas

TEMPE -- Tempe police officers arrested an Apache Junction man who reportedly kidnapped an elderly woman and attempted to get her to withdraw money from her bank account.

The investigation revealed that George Alexander Braun II, 26, had contacted the Tempe woman, who suffers from dementia, approximately three months ago and attempted to charge her for work he had done on her house. However, police say he had not performed any work on her home.

Officers say Braun again contacted the woman at her home on Wednesday and coerced her into his vehicle.

Braun drove the victim to a bank near Rural Road and Southern Avenue and tried to get her to withdraw money from her account. As the transaction appeared suspicious, the bank did not provide Braun or the victim with any money.

At approximately 3:15 p.m., Tempe police officers were called to the Wells Fargo bank near Rural and Broadway roads regarding a call of a possible fraudulent scheme.

A bank employee told officers that a man, identified as Braun, was in the bank with an 88-year-old woman. Braun told an employee that he was a family friend of the woman.

Police say it appeared that Braun was coercing the woman to remove money from her account as he had tried to do earlier. The bank branch had been alerted by the other branch about their suspicions of Braun's actions.

Once the police were called, Braun fled the bank, leaving the woman behind in good condition.

Tempe police detectives arrested Braun Thursday night at his Apache Junction home. He was charged with kidnapping and fraudulent schemes.