DeKALB – A DeKalb man who police said was convinced he had money in an account at a local bank and pulled out a kitchen knife to demand they give it to him was held Thursday at the DeKalb County Jail after a raucous court hearing.
Darryl Jackson, 50, of the 300 block of Gurler Street, DeKalb, is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and attempted armed robbery. Jackson has 11 felony convictions, prosecutors said, and also is facing domestic battery charges.
If convicted of the most serious charge, attempted armed robbery, Jackson could face up to 30 years in prison.
Police were called to Fifth Third Bank at 2707 Sycamore Road in DeKalb about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in response to reports of a man with a knife, DeKalb police Cmdr. Bob Redel said Thursday.
“Darryl Jackson used to have an account there last year, but it’s been closed,” Redel said. “They’ve been telling him those accounts are closed, that he had no money in them.”
Redel said Jackson was undeterred and showed up at the bank Wednesday and began brandishing a long kitchen knife, threatening bank tellers and demanding money from his nonexistent accounts.
Jackson still was on the scene when police arrived and was arrested. Police discovered he also had two steak knives on him.
Appearing before Judge Phillip Montgomery, Jackson interrupted the judge and was adamant that he wanted to represent himself rather than a public defender.
“I went nowhere near no tellers,” Jackson said.
Montgomery set bond for Jackson at $25,000. Jackson would have to post $2,500 bail to be released from jail, which he told the court he did not have.
Montgomery also said he might allow Jackson to represent himself in whatever court proceedings follow.
Jackson is due back in court at 9 a.m. Sept. 6 for a preliminary hearing.