2 charged with robbery, kidnapping


Nathaniel Riley Thomas, left; Joshua Gerald Lott, right (Cullman County Sheriff's Office)

CULLMAN, Ala. – Two men were arrested on Thursday, March 7, both charged with first-degree kidnapping and first-degree burglary. A media release from the Cullman County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) said Joshua Gerald Lott, 28, of Hanceville and Nathaniel Riley Thomas, 35, of Cullman were arrested following an investigation that lead deputies to the state of Tennessee.

The CCSO said deputies were alerted Wednesday, March 6, 2019 that a victim was missing and had possibly been kidnapped by Lott and Thomas.

"As the investigation continued late into the night, and as CCSO deputies followed up on tips and leads, it was confirmed by (the) CCSO that the victim had been taken by the suspects at gunpoint from his home," said the release.

On March 7, said the CCSO, it was determined that Lott and Thomas were just outside Chattanooga. Tennessee law enforcement detained the pair until CCSO deputies and investigators arrived.

The victim was located safe and unharmed.

"We can't go into a lot of detail at this time due to certain aspects of this case still being investigated, but I would like to thank the deputies, investigators and Tennessee law enforcement officers who helped us arrest these two suspects," said Sheriff Matt Gentry.

Lott and Thomas remain in the Cullman County Detention Center, each on a $70,000 bond.

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