Jimmie Lee Akers
GATE CITY — A 46-year-old man is facing multiple felony charges after he allegedly pulled a loaded gun on a high school senior last week in a public parking lot in Gate City.
Jimmie Lee Akers, 46, 127 Spivey Mill Drive, Gate City, was arrested by the Gate City Police Department on charges of attempted kidnapping, attempted grand larceny of a vehicle and using a firearm in commission of a felony as a result of the Oct. 2 incident.
Akers is currently being held without bond in the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail in Duffield.
According to Gate City Police Chief Kim Birchfield, the alleged incident occurred in the Gate City municipal parking lot on Water Street.
Birchfield said Akers was sitting in the parking lot in a Toyota 4Runner with his wife and an unidentified minor when the alleged victim in the incident — Gate City High School senior Darris Salyer — pulled in driving a Chevrolet pickup truck.
Akers reportedly got into the passenger’s side of Salyer’s pickup shortly after the teen entered the parking lot and attempted to keep Salyer from exiting the vehicle by restraining him with his left arm.
Once Salyer managed to exit the truck, Akers allegedly pulled a handgun and threatened to “drop him,” Birchfield said, if the teen did not get back in.
Despite the alleged threat, Salyer was reportedly able to leave the scene unharmed.
After Salyer fled, Birchfield said Akers made a failed attempt to locate the truck’s keys and take it before leaving the parking lot in the SUV driven by his wife.
Shortly after the incident, authorities received information regarding the location of the possible suspect in the alleged kidnapping attempt and went to Akers’ home to question him about the incident.
During questioning, Birchfield said Akers attempted to retreat back into his residence and keep the Gate City officer from entering in an effort to hide the weapon pulled on the high school student.
Birchfield said the responding officer was able to spot the weapon and secure it before Akers was able to hide it.
After police matched the weapon with the one allegedly used in the parking lot incident, Birchfield said Akers was taken into custody before being transported to the Duffield jail.
While investigators are still unsure of a motive outside of possible carjacking, Birchfield said they believe Akers was under the influence of drugs at the time of the incident.
Information gathered during the Akers investigation, Birchfield said, was turned over to the Scott County Sheriff’s Office and Virginia State Police and that led to the arrest of two Gate City High School students in an unrelated case.
That investigation resulted in a 17-year-old boy and 16-year-old girl being charged Oct. 4 with conspiracy to commit first-degree murder for allegedly threatening to shoot another student.