LELAND, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington man is behind bars after police say he kidnapped, assaulted, and robbed his employer over a paycheck.
Police say John Gatewood wasn’t happy with the amount of money he earned from Manale Landscaping after a job in Leland. Police say Gatewood then broke into Kenneth McDade’s vehicle, took his keys and a shovel, and began swinging the shovel at him. The shovel broke, and Gatewood allegedly threatened to kill McDade with the broken end.
Police say Gatewood then forced McDade with the weapon to a nearby ATM from which Gatewood made McDade withdraw money.
Leland Police later arrested McDade at his home in Wilmington.
Gatewood is charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, 2nd degree kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon, communicating threats, and larceny from motor vehicle. He is being held in the Brunswick County Detention center under a 100,000 dollar bond.