Employees held at gunpoint after I-26 chase


INMAN, SC (WSPA) – A typical day at the office turns into a terrifying situation for some Upstate employees.

Spartanburg County deputies say Sayer Anthony-Spang Tamiso led them on a chase across state lines on Wednesday afternoon.

READ: I-26 high speed chase, carjacking ends in Spartanburg Co.

After crashing his car at exit 15 on I-26, he ran into True Timber.

The Inman business specializes in manufacturing camouflage prints and fabrics but also includes a public store and showroom.

Authorities say Tamiso used a gun to threaten workers and steal a new, getaway car.

“As soon as I saw him reach for his pocket, I actually started running down here and warning some of the other people in the office, ‘Hey! This guy has a gun here,'” described True Timber employee Hunter Sellars.

There were more than 40 employees inside the building at the time of the armed carjacking.

Many barricaded themselves inside of their offices — sending texts and leaving voicemails for loved ones.

Georgi Wright remembers being terrified, calling her husband who was on a field trip with one of her two, young boys.

“I just said, I love you.  There’s a guy with a gun in here.  I love you.'”

Only on 7News, hear from the employees who faced the gunman.  At 5 — we’ll also show you the surveillance video captured inside.

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