Forsyth Co. bank manager from G’ville tells would-be robber ‘no’ & suspect leaves

A 62-year-old Gainesville man who manages a Forsyth County bank told a would-be robber “no” when the suspect demanded money – and he left the bank empty-handed. It happened Saturday and the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) released details on it today.


“On 12/30/2023, I was dispatched to 5352 McGinnis Ferry Road (Regions Bank) in reference to an
attempted robbery complaint.

Upon arrival, I made contact with the manager, Chris Hering, who stated he was working at the desk when
between 1125 and 1130 hours, an unknown white male in his early 30s, who was approximately six feet tall, wearing a blue baseball hat, a white jacket, light grey slacks, had a white surgical mask on his face and blue rubber gloves on, walked inside of the bank. Chris stated the unknown male began walking towards his co-worker, Eva Danci, when Chris told the unknown male he could help him.

Chris stated the unknown male said he wanted to make a withdrawl and when Chris asked if he had an account, the unknown stated "no". Chris stated the unknown male placed a folded up hand written note on notebook paper, through the opening in the glass partition that said "Give me all your 20s, 50s, and 100s.” Chris stated he slipped the note back through the partition and said “no”.

Chris stated the unknown male took a step back, placed one of his hands in waistband and used the other hand to partially lift his jacket. Chris stated he did not see a weapon but was in fear that there was one under his jacket. Chris stated he told the unknown male “No, you need to leave.” and the unknown male exited through the front doors, walked to the intersection of McGinnis Ferry Road and Faircroft Drive, and ran South across the street in front of a gated neighborhood, then ran West.

Johns Creek Police Department utilized their k9 to conduct a track but was unsuccessful.”