Cops say man bullied into paying $3,500
by Josh Green
A Douglasville man is behind bars for bullying an elderly man out of thousands of dollars for tree-cutting services he didn’t ask for, police said Tuesday.
Gerald Jerome Davis, 29, led a trio of men who cut trees at the 87-year-old victim’s Lilburn house on March 4 and demanded payment of $3,500, police said.
The men had reportedly knocked on the victim’s door at random to offer work.
“The victim told the (suspects) to stop and that he didn’t want the work done, but they continued,” said Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. David Schiralli.
When finished, the “leader” of the workers demanded payment and the victim, who lives on Geneva Drive, felt threatened and paid the men in full, Schiralli said.
The victim was forced to sign a receipt stating he was satisfied with the service. The receipt lists Davis’ tree service as the business that performed the work, according to a police report.
Gwinnett police robbery investigators received video surveillance of Davis cashing the victim’s check and arrested him after an interview, Schiralli said.
“The victim was able to identify the male in the video as the person he’d given the check to,” he said.
Davis is charged with felony counts of robbery by intimidation and exploitation of a disabled adult. He remains at the Gwinnett County Jail without bond.