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UPDATE: One in custody after kidnapping, home invasion in north Macon

Macon police have a suspect in custody after a home invasion this morning in north Macon.

Bibb County sheriff's deputies are investigating the incident which started at 641 Bass Road, the home of Frank Carl Amerson III.

As of 9:40 a.m., both victims were safe and secure. This came after Chandler Amerson was held at gunpoint in the home and his mother, Janice, was ordered to withdraw money from a bank.

While Chandler Amerson was being held hostage, his mother was ordered to go to Security Bank on Riverside Drive. Janice Amerson, who was in contact with police and driving a gold Lexus SUV, was alone in the car.

At about 9:10, Janice Amerson went inside the bank. The bank gave her money at the request of police. Janice Amerson stayed at the bank until 9:25 and then was told by police to go to Martha Bowman Church.

A few minutes later, a Telegraph crew at the Bass Road residence witnessed a young man fleeing the house as a deputy armed with a rifle stood watch.

The man in custody is described as black, wearing all black clothing and a blue surgical glove.

Frank Amerson Jr. and his son Frank III, both prominent local developers, live near each other on Bass Road. Frank Jr. is also the longtime chairman of the Macon Water Authority and current chairman of the Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority.

"Everybody is all right," said Frank Amerson Jr. from a national waterconference in Toronto, Canada. He was called this morning and informed ofthe basics of the situation by the Bibb County Sheriff's Office.

Amerson said he does not know whether the intruders were acquainted with his family.

The hostage, Chandler Amerson, is home on summer break from theUniversity of Georgia. Chandler Amerson takes courses at Macon State Collegeand usually leaves by 8 a.m. to go work for his father Carl, Frank Amersonsaid.

Frank Amerson said the sheriff's office had given him no further detailsabout how the invasion played out or whether all the perpetrators had beencaught.

Come back to our Web site for the latest on this developing story.

Liz Fabian, Heather Duncan, and Joe Kovac Jr. contributed to this report.

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