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Trip to Bar Ends in Robbery, Memory Loss

The woman said she finished a drink at Taco Mac and doesn't remember anything from that point until she awoke standing on the sidewalk in front of her house.

Daryl Savell is facing a charge of robbery in connection with an Aug. 14 incident involving a Dacula, Ga. woman. Credit: Gwinnett County Jail
Daryl Savell is facing a charge of robbery in connection with an Aug. 14 incident involving a Dacula, Ga. woman. Credit: Gwinnett County Jail
A Dacula woman said one minute she was enjoying a drink at a Suwanee bar, the next she was standing outside her home with no memory of how she got there.

The woman said she met 55-year-old Daryl Savell on Aug. 14 while at the Taco Mac in Suwanee. The woman said she and Savell talked for a while and then the woman left briefly to go to the restroom. When she returned, she finished her drink.


"She could not remember anything from that time to when she awoke standing on her sidewalk in front of her house," the officer wrote in the report. 

The woman claimed when she awoke, Savell was attempting to drag her back inside the house and kept telling her everything would be okay.

Remembering a lesson from a self-defense class she had taken, the woman dropped to the ground and broke free. She then ran inside the house and closed the door. When she could not locate her cell phone, she ran to a neighbor's house. The neighbor called 911 on the woman's behalf.

While the officer was interviewing the woman, Savell returned to the residence. The officer asked for Savell's version of what had transpired.

According to the police report, Savell said he and the woman had been drinking at the bar. When he realized she was too intoxicated to drive, he offered to take her home. Upon arrival at the woman's home, he said they went inside and had drinks.

Savell claimed the woman became irate and ran out of the house. He told the officer he tried to get her to go back inside, but left when she refused. After leaving, he realized he still had some of her property and returned to her house.

"He did not mention anything about having property on his person or in the vehicle he was driving," the officer noted. "He did not make any statements about returning the property until I asked him why he returned to the scene."

When the officer asked if Savell had any weapons, the man reportedly stated he did not understand why he was being asked that. The officer explained he was investigating a robbery and needed to pat Savell down for weapons. When Savell refused to allow the pat-down, the officer placed him in handcuffs as he continued to investigate the incident.

While another officer watched Savell, the investigating officer went inside the woman's home looking for evidence the two had been drinking at the residence as Savell had claimed. Upon finding no indication that any beverages had been consumed, the officer walked back outside and asked Savell what kind of drinks he and the victim had.

"He stated, 'I don't know why that is relevant.' I continued to question him about the 'drinks' and other questions about the incident. He refused to answer by stating 'I don't know why that is relevant'," the report stated.

The officer obtained consent to search Savell's vehicle and found the Dacula woman's wallet and cell phone in the trunk. The officer later found the woman's house and car keys in the man's front right pocket.

The officer also found a "large amount" of women's underwear in boxes in the trunk of Savell's vehicle. When asked who the underwear belonged to, Savell reportedly responded with "I don't know why that is relevant."

Once the woman provided the officer with a written statement outlining the evening's events, she went upstairs and discovered her bed looked as if someone had been in it. The comforter and top sheet had been pulled back. The woman said the bed was made when she left for the evening.

Based on the officer's investigation, Savell was placed under arrest and booked into the Gwinnett County Jail on a single charge of robbery. He was released from jail five days later on a $5,700 bond.


Mike August 26, 2013 at 10:31 AM
How this creep wasn't accused / charged with attempted rape I can't figure out. Just goes to show you that you never know about people these days...
Kristi Reed (Editor) August 26, 2013 at 10:34 AM
Perhaps that is still under investigation. You're right though - you just never know about people and, if you are out in a place like that, you should never leave your drink unattended.

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